Engineering Technician

Number of employees

100

Everett, WA, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-16

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

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About the company:

Helion is a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to enable a future with unlimited clean energy. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable electricity for everyone. Currently, we are scaling up our latest plasma accelerator prototype to make our vision a reality.

We’re hiring brilliant scientists, engineers, and builders passionate about developing world-changing technologies. If that sounds like you, check out our open positions. 

About Helion

We are a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to build the world's first fusion power plant, enabling a future with unlimited clean electricity. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone. 

Since Helion's founding in 2013, we have raised over $600 million from investors such as Sam Altman, Mithril, and Capricorn Investment Group to propel us forward. Our last prototype, Trenta, completed 10,000 high-power pulses and reached plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (9 keV). 

Now we are working toward Polaris, which will be the first machine to demonstrate electricity from fusion, making this a great time to join Helion! Bring your skills, experiences, and determination to make a difference in the world. Together, we can make a future with unlimited clean electricity from fusion a reality. 

What You Will Be Doing:

We are looking for an Engineering Technician to help bring the most powerful, controlled pulsed-fusion device ever constructed online with the goal of generating electrical power. We know this hasn't been done before, so we are looking for individuals who have translatable experience that can help us accomplish our goals. As a Technician on the Test Ops team, you will report to our Fusion Test Technician Supervisor at our Everett, WA office. 

You Will:

  • Collaborate with a versatile team to fabricate, assemble, test, troubleshoot, deploy, operate, maintain, and repair mechanical, electrical, and electronic assemblies
  • Install, align, and maintain our high voltage pulsed power systems, including ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and fuel systems
  • Fabricate and build unique rapid prototypes, assemblies, and instrumentation boxes. Support revision iterations according to engineering specifications
  • Perform PCB soldering (THT and SMT), assembly, rework, and cable soldering to industry standards
  • Assist with upgrades, modification, and reconfiguration of test bays to support ongoing test and research projects
  • Communicate project activity, status, and issues to technical owners promptly
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of documentation and participate in redline reviews
  • Maintain and develop new inventory of consumables and parts

Required Skills:

  • 2+ years of relevant experience as an Electrical or Mechanical Technician, with a focus on rapid prototyping and iteration in a research, fabrication, or test lab environment
  • Demonstrated experience in fabrication, assembly, testing, troubleshooting, deployment, operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical and electrical scientific equipment
  • Experience with building, repair, and modification of high vacuum chamber systems including associated parts and electromechanical assemblies
  • Hands-on experience with electric hand tools and basic fabrication tools (e.g., drills, saws, mills, lathes, drill press, sanders, etc.)
  • Proficient in PCB assembly, rework, and cable soldering, with a working knowledge of IPC standards. 
  • Familiar working with DMMs, oscilloscopes, LCR meters, HV probes, thermocouples, calipers, and other common measurement equipment. 
  • Experience reading technical drawings and electrical schematics
  • Demonstrated track record of solving complex problems, defining and accomplishing challenging objectives with minimal guidance

The pay range for this position is $34/hr - $46/hr. This pay range may be inclusive of several career levels and will be narrowed based on several factors, including the candidate's experience and qualifications.

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Benefits and Compensation

Our total compensation package includes generous equity and benefits, including but not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees and their families 
  • 31 Days of PTO (21 vacation days and 10 sick days) 
  • 13 Paid holidays, plus company-wide winter break 
  • Up to 5% employer 401(k) match 
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance 
  • Paid parental leave and support (up to 16 weeks) 
  • Annual wellness stipend  

NOTE: Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of the job's requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes. If this job isn't the one, we have many other openings that may be a fit.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. If we reach out to you to begin an interview process, we will also ask if you require any reasonable accommodation at that time.

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