Mechanical Design Engineer

Number of employees

100

Everett, WA, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-13

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. 

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 hiring a Mechanical Design Engineer to own hardware designs for Helion's fusion generator prototypes. You will solve multidisciplinary engineering problems that are necessary for deploying fusion energy to the world. You will be a culture driver on a small but growing team, and report directly to our Mechanical Engineering Manager at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Own and understand subsystem designs such as electromagnetic, structural, fluid, thermal and control systems, and improve their requirements
  • Learn from historical engineering approaches, design novel hardware, and test your solutions
  • Design fusion hardware within CAD software (e.g. NX, Solidworks)
  • Perform analysis with tools like ANSYS and hold design reviews to gather feedback and iterate to a fully functioning system
  • Learn from experts to expand your engineering skillset and domain knowledge
  • Work hands-on alongside experienced technicians to implement your hardware designs
  • Troubleshoot hardware issues as they arise on integrated fusion generators

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • 3+ years of professional experience delivering on full-scope engineering projects (including schedule ownership)
  • Experience applying engineering first-principles and method-based thinking to challenging problems
  • Hands-on exposure to a variety of engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, fluids)
  • Advanced experience with CAD software (e.g. NX, Solidworks)
  • Experience with FEA software (e.g. ANSYS Maxwell, FEMAP)

Per Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act the range for this position is $99,000-$130,000. Actual salary is based on education, experience, and other qualifying skill sets.

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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