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Systems Engineer - Electrical

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 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 currently looking for a Systems Engineer - Electrical, who will focus on implementation of Systems Engineering processes towards managing the interface between multiple SPARC subsystems and the facility power distribution system that Includes:
- Steady State Facility Power Distribution Systems
- Facility and Lightning Ground Systems
- EMI/EMC and spurious emission mitigation systems
The Systems Engineer - Electrical role is inherently cross-disciplinary and requires close collaboration with a wide group of stakeholders from various subsystems to ensure the SPARC power distribution system meets all functional design, integration, and operational requirements.
The Systems Engineer - Electrical role is responsible for a group of electrical subsystems and engages in tasks throughout the full engineering development lifecycle. Tasks may include (but are not limited to) requirements development, interface definitions, trade studies, risk assessment and management, operational concept/control architecture development, test planning, etc.
The ideal candidate for this role is comfortable with learning a variety of new technical topics and proactively applying that knowledge to ensure that all major electrical system development integration and implementation is successfully complete in order to support the SPARC mission.
Candidates interested in this role should have some related experience and interest in working with some (or all) of the following electrical subsystems:
- Medium Voltage Distribution and Power Supplies
- Low Voltage (<480V AC & DC) distribution and power supplies with specific understanding of National Electric and Massachusetts Code Requirements
- Energy storage systems (ESS)
- Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
- Emergency Generators (EDG) and Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS)
- Balance of Plant (BOP) and Plant Process Systems (PPS)

This team member will:

  • Coordinate, define, and control interfaces between electrical power distribution systems, interfacing tokamak systems and facility Balance of Plant (BOP) support systems
  • Review P&IDs, electrical one-lines, three-lines, control diagrams, panel schedules, conduit schedules and vendor schematics
  • Verify Issued for construction (IFC) documents meet functional design requirements
  • Elicit, decompose, and establish traceability of system requirements
  • Conduct trade studies to drive/coordinate technical decision making
  • Conduct risk assessments such as FMECAs & HAZOPS
  • Support formal design reviews with content development and review designs for technical maturity, consistency, and accuracy
  • Develop verification and validation plans
  • Develop requirement/risk informed testing and commissioning plans
  • Assist with the development of operational concepts and control architectures
  • Develop MBSE controls models in CAMEO to support I&C, Operations, and Software team needs
  • Assist with the review and update of bid/construction work packages
  • Calculate electrical loads and account for equipment on panel schedules

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

  • 5+ years of experience in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering or related roles
  • Thorough understanding of medium voltage electrical system concepts and equipment including:
  • ○ Distribution / transmission
  • ○ Grounding
  • ○ Medium voltage distribution and protection
  • ○ UPS and generator back-up systems
  • ○ Transformers
  • ○ Arc Flash and ETAP Models
  • ○ Panel and Conduit Schedules
  • ○ Master Cable Lists
  • ○ Load Calculations
  • ○ Bid/Construction Work Packages
  • ○ Breaker sizing
  • ○ NEC, NFPA and Massachusetts Electrical code requirements.
  • ○ Experience Interfacing with local AHJs and inspectors
  • ○ Fire Alarm Systems and Controls
  • ○ Energy Storage Systems (ESS) requirements
  • Experience working on the design and construction of any of the below projects is preferred:
  • ○ Distributed power generation
  • ○ Power plants
  • ○ Industrial or process plants
  • Experience working in the development of large, integrated and complex systems and construction of any of the projects below is also acceptable:
  • ○ Energy
  • ○ Aerospace
  • ○ Defense
  • ○ Transportation
  • ○ Industrial
  • Thorough understanding of Systems Engineering life cycle processes and how they are realistically implemented on fast paced projects including experience performing:
  • ○ HAZOPS
  • ○ FMECAs
  • ○ Trade studies
  • ○ Requirements elicitation
  • ○ Verification & validation
  • ○ Commissioning
  • Strong interpersonal and technical communication skills, with the ability to proactively engage and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

  • Massachusetts licensed Electrical PE preferred, but not required
  • Ability to perform activities such as typing, standing, and 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
  • Willing to occasionally travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call
  • #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.