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Director CAD Design Engineering

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
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.
CFS is designing SPARC, a tokamak able to achieve net energy plasmas. SPARC includes HTS and copper magnets, thermal shields, vessels and plasma facing components, all subject to large operational loads (thermal, electromagnetic, etc) and competing for space. As the CAD Team Leader for the SPARC, you will manage the designers, create and maintain the CAD standards and be responsible for the design databases.

This team member will:

  • Lead the CFS CAD team
  • Hire and develop outstanding CAD designers
  • Work cross functionally with project leaders to understand their CAD needs and plan, organize and manage the work of the team accordingly
  • Create workflows, processes, metrics, and delivery goals for the team
  • Set clear CAD design standards and ensure they are aligned with project needs
  • Ensure that released drawings and models are correct and of high quality
  • Manage the SPARC design database
  • Drive team to meet needed deadlines
  • Provide guidance and direction to the CAD team to ensure operational and technical excellence
  • Work with the other SPARC engineering team leaders to resolve technical issues
  • Recommend best practices for solutions to meet the SPARC needs

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (or similar engineering discipline)
  • 10+ years of design experience in a product development environment and very strong 3D design skills
  • Design for production and installation of tightly tolerance large structural components
  • Experience with complex dynamic assemblies
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience with at least 10 individuals
  • Experience designing for environments with extreme thermal variations
  • Ability to develop and manage design procedures
  • Experience with CAD design tools such as: NX, Solidworks, Creo, etc.
  • Ability to clearly express and critique ideas
  • Attention to detail
  • Emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity
  • Understanding manufacturing methods and their impact on designs
  • Drive towards commercially viable solutions
  • Values that align with our company’s values of integrity, execution, impact, and self-critique

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Teamcenter power user
  • In depth GDT experience
  • Experience designing for ultra high vacuum environments
  • Perform activities such as typing, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Work in a facility that contains industrial hazards including heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, high current, pressure systems, and cryogenics
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
  • #LI-Hybrid
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.