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Prototype Machinist

Avalanche Energy

Avalanche Energy

Tukwila, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

Avalanche is a Seattle-based VC-backed start-up developing micro fusion reactors for clean, energy-dense power generation and decarbonizing the economy. The small, modular design allows for various power applications and rapid design iterations. The company is seeking a self-motivated R&D Machinist for their Seattle facility to help build our micro fusion reactors, ion sources, high voltage power sources and other components. The ideal candidate should be able to collaborate with a small team and be able to pivot between priorities to support rapid troubleshooting, design, build and test iterations. This position offers the opportunity to join an ambitious mission and help push humanity forward.

This job might be for you if:

You relish problem-solving and welcome challenging tasks with a small team. You enjoy being hands-on and working with hardware. You thrive in an atmosphere of development; you are an ardent learner who's always looking for ways to grow and improve. You want to be part of a mission that matters.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Set-up and operate multi-axis CNC Machines

Complete machining operations from blueprints, drawings and / or verbal instructions

Work with complex, tight tolerance parts and various materials including stainless steel, ceramics and refractory metals

Participate in design process with science and engineering teams

Provide manufacturing and material selection advice and recommendations

Qualifications and Skills:

Desired Skills and Experience:

10+ years as a Machinist/Programmer experience with both mill and lathe

SolidWorks experience

Ability to go from print to part, sourcing all tooling and material required

Ability to use measuring equipment and complete First article inspections on all parts

Bonus Skills and Experience:

Multi-Axis machining experience

MillTurn machining experience

EDM experience

Experience machining machinable ceramics and refractory metals

Experience with Esprit or Powermill Cam software

Experience with GD&T

Welding Stainless, Molybdenum and other materials

Additional Info:

This is a salaried role

Expected work hours are from ~7:30 to 4:30 (flexible)

Ability to life a minimum of 30 lbs unassisted

Ability to stand for extended periods of time


Workplace flexibility

Great medical, dental and vision benefits

Small, tight-knit team with low barriers to action

Exposure to a wide variety of problems for unparalleled, hands-on professional growth

Great coffee and a well-stocked kitchen

This role is eligible for company stock options

We value people of varied of all, ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. We also acknowledge the value that different life experiences bring to our organization. Avalanche Energy strives to create an environment where you can enjoy your environment and do the best work of your life. We encourage all excited applicants who share these values to apply.