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Mechanical Engineer

Thea Energy

Thea Energy

Kearny, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2023
About Thea Energy:
Thea Energy is leveraging recent breakthroughs in stellarator physics and engineering to create a faster and simpler approach to commercializing fusion energy. The company is reinventing the stellarator using computer-controlled arrays of planar coils thereby replacing the intricate, complex modular magnets required in all other stellarator architectures. Thea Energy is on a mission to create a limitless source of zero emission energy for a sustainable future.
Position Overview:
Thea Energy is looking for experienced, highly motivated mechanical engineers to join its rapidly growing team. Mechanical engineers will have ownership of the mechanical design and development of primary and secondary components and subsystems in the development of Thea’s stellarator fusion demonstration plant. You will be responsible for the structural and thermomechanical design, manufacturability, development and commissioning. The Thea Energy team is comprised of driven, creative, and fun individuals passionate about solving complex problems.

Key Responsibility Areas:

  • Have ownership of the design and development of primary and secondary mechanical fusion components and subsystems
  • Work with core system-level development teams to define prototyping requirements
  • Produce mechanical engineering designs, drawings, specifications, and parameters from the physics basis with appropriate tolerances for vendor quoting and manufacturing
  • Design tooling for assembly
  • Perform thermal, structural, and electromagnetic analysis and simulation using Ansys and COMSOL
  • Perform structural FEA analysis to develop, assess, and optimize designs
  • Incorporate design for manufacturing principles and support first builds
  • Support the implementation of tooling and manufacturing
  • Design and execute qualification testing
  • Track and report results and progress against program goals and milestones
  • Communicate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

Required Experience & Skillsets:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, or related fields
  • Extensive experience designing, building, and commissioning custom systems
  • Experience in mechanical engineering and design using CAD software (e.g. Solidworks, CATIA, NX, etc.)
  • Experience specifying machining, welding, and/or fabrication requirements
  • Ability to work through and solve highly complex engineering problems
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to execute and flourish in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Comfortable working to aggressive deadlines
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Strong team member with clear communication and collaboration skills
  • Innate desire to learn, innovate, and critique ideas including one’s own

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with magnetic confinement fusion, aerospace, or other highly technical industries
  • Familiarity with GD&T (ASME Y14.5)
  • Experience owning systems or complex sub-systems
  • Experience with FEA (e.g. Ansys and/or COMSOL)
  • Experience with CFD (e.g. CFX, Fluent)

Company Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive health benefits (e.g. medical/dental/vision)
  • Employee equity stock options
  • Open vacation policies
  • Work-life balance
It’s not necessary to meet all of the skillsets outlined above. Please feel free to send us a note and tell us why you would still be a great fit for this role or Thea Energy.
Diversity and Inclusion:
Thea Energy is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a company of diverse backgrounds. By creating a diverse environment, we will bring new ideas and approaches to solving some of the world’s hardest (and most important) problems. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, family or marital status, age, disability, veteran’s status, or other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.