Lead R&D Technician

Number of employees

190

Devens, MA, United States

Posted on: 2024-02-20

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy. 

CFS is collaborating with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with new groundbreaking high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. 

The mission is to deploy fusion power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. 

If you are interested in joining our team, check out cfs.energy/careers for more information.

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.

CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.

The Lead R&D Technician at Commonwealth Fusion Systems is responsible for leading a fast-paced and agile team building the world’s strongest high temperature superconducting magnets and assemblies. Working with R&D with all aspects of product development, commercialization, and on-going manufacturing support, including development, prototype production, production process monitoring, production troubleshooting, and related activities. This role ensures functional operation and preventative maintenance of  equipment and general house-keeping.  The R&D Technician team supports design and builds of test equipment with systems including but not limited to electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, magnetic, cryogenic, vacuum, pressure systems with cutting edge technological innovations in a fast-paced environment.  Responsibilities include close coordination with Operations, Maintenance, Quality and other departments to ensure goals and objectives are met.

CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.

At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

This team member will:

  • Lead a team in making electromechanical parts and assemblies for R&D to create processes & procedures
  • Maintain the daily/weekly/monthly objectives and communicating them to employees 
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team of manufacturing engineers and technicians to develop and qualify new manufacturing techniques and processes  
  • Perform and Lead a team and prototype hardware builds with minimal documentation and oversight  
  • Troubleshoot and resolve discrepancies with a focus on continuous improvement  
  • Stakeholder for feedback to supervisor during reviews
  • Assists in building of new products, and/or optimization of existing products
  • Prepares product prototypes for internal and/or external customer evaluation and to ensure robustness
  • Conducts process monitoring activities, equipment capability & production trouble-shooting, identifying, communicating and implementing viable solutions to the team
  • Maintains accurate records of all projects and assignments
  • Maintains a safe work environment and operates in a safe manner
  • Perform other related job duties related to the job, as assigned by management
  • The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • High school diploma/equivalency certificate or higher 
  • 3+ years' experience supervising a team
  • 4+ years’ experience with hand tools and machine shop equipment  
  • 6+ years’ experience in a variety of technical support skills such as but not limited to mechanical and electrical assembly, plumbing, vacuum systems, cryogenic systems, soldering, and wiring

  • Additional experience and/or qualifications:

  • Experience with winding equipment of any type is a plus 
  • Experience navigating assemblies in 3D CAD software is a plus
  • Experience with lean manufacturing, 5S, and Six Sigma principles
  • Epoxy potting or injection molding experience, Cryo testing, Vacuum testing
  • Forklift experience
  • Crane or lifting experience
  • Commitment and ability to communicate safety and quality to your team
  • Ability to lead and give direction to a fast paced, highly skilled team
  • Desire to work and contribute in a fast-paced, startup R&D environment with daily changes 
  • Ability to take directions from Supervisors & Managers and work independently
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) to a team reporting to you of daily and weekly goals
  • Ability to train others in a variety of hands on and technical applications
  • Meticulous attention to detail and cleanliness with hands-on work  keeping continuous improvement in the forefront
  • Ability and patience to work through projects from start to finish, including assembly and testing keeping your team motivated and engaged
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
  • Perform activities such as stooping, typing, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Dedication to safety to mitigate hazards that may include heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, high voltage, and cryogenics
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
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