Experiment and Test Engineer, Pulse Power

Number of employees

100

Everett, WA, United States

Posted on: 2024-02-21

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

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. 

We are building something never done before.

Helion is 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.

We are a team of engineers, scientists, and makers that believe fusion energy can solve climate change on a global scale and ensure energy independence while making electricity more affordable than ever before.

Now is 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 engineer with experience working with pulsed power systems to join the Test Operations team. As an experiment and test engineer, you will help design, test and operate experimental high-power, high voltage pulsed DC systems up to 40kV. These pulsed power systems will enable us to bring the most powerful, controlled pulsed-fusion device ever constructed online with the goal of generating electrical power. You will report to our Fusion Test Lead at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Contribute to the development and commissioning of high voltage electrical power systems for driving pulsed magnetic coils
  • Develop electrical system architecture and work with designers to produce electrical schematics and installation drawings for system upgrades
  • Design, assembly, test and deploy high power systems
  • Prepare experimental test plans and procedures, and present at test readiness reviews
  • Maintain experimental facilities and related support equipment such as capacitors, high-voltage power electronics, data acquisition systems, and diagnostics
  • Develop and validate technical specifications to comply with project requirements
  • Use critical reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of different technical solutions
  • Work with control systems, including LabView-based control systems and PXIe-NI chassis-based systems, and solve data collection problems in a fast-pulse EMI environment.

Required Skills:

  • B.S. or M.S in aerospace engineering, physics, or related field of study and 3+ years of experience with design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of high-power systems to drive pulsed coils (<1ms) at currents up to 5MA and voltages up to 40 kV
  • Experience in design, fabrication, installation, and test of high voltage electronics
  • Experience with solid state switching technologies and understanding of operating characteristics of power electronic components such as IGBTs, power MOSFETs, and SCRs
  • Experience in the design, build, and test approach of seeing a project from conception to completion
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to rapidly learn new systems
  • Demonstrated experience taking on complex problems, defining and accomplishing challenging objectives with minimum guidance
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, LTSpice, SIMtrex/Simplis, KiCAD, Altium, Matlab
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively as a member of a team

The pay range for this position is $115k-175k/YR. 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:

  • 13 company-wide holidays

  • 31 days of PTO (10 sick and 21 vacation days)

  • Up to 5% employer 401K contribution matching

  • Equity plan offered to all employees

  • Parental Leave

  • Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Short- and long-term Disability

  • Monthly sponsored events and subsidized snack program

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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