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Manufacturing Engineer

Thea Energy

Thea Energy

Kearny, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, December 22, 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 seeking an experienced, highly motivated manufacturing engineer to join its rapidly growing team. The Manufacturing Engineering role will develop and implement processes, tooling, and equipment necessary to manufacture and test high temperature superconducting (“HTS”) magnets. This role will also help establish the foundations of Process Engineering and Quality Engineering at Thea Energy as we build and commission a magnet manufacturing and test facility. HTS magnets are foundational components of Thea Energy’s planar coil stellarator, making compact, simpler, and lower-cost fusion systems possible. As part of a rapidly growing team, you’ll be part of the organizational build-up of a leading fusion energy company. These roles will have a high degree of autonomy and must be able to move quickly. The Thea Energy team is comprised of self-motivated, creative, and fun individuals with an excitement for solving complex problems.

Key Responsibility Areas:

  • Generate documentation for the manufacture of HTS magnets, including processes and procedures, work instructions, and quality criteria
  • Design, build, and commission magnet manufacturing tooling and equipment
  • Work iteratively with magnet engineers to incorporate design for manufacture and lessons learned
  • Develop and implement virtual and physical inventory management and manufacturing BOMs
  • Generate specifications for and collaborate with vendors to procure hardware that meets quality specifications
  • Define roles for and coordinate onboarding of manufacturing technicians
  • Track and report results and progress against program goals and milestones
  • Communicate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

Ideal Experience & Skillsets:

  • Experience with first encounters of complex hardware assemblies
  • Experience scaling from first-of-a-kind to continuous production
  • Experience generating and interpreting manufacturing drawings, particularly GD&T
  • Experience with fusion processes, including soldering, brazing, and welding
  • Experience with planning and execution software including PLM, MRP, and inventory management
  • Ability to work through and solve highly multidisciplinary 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
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineer, or related field
  • Experience with magnetic confinement fusion, aerospace, medical devices, or other highly technical industries is ideal

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.