Diagnostics Engineering Technician

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About Helion

We are a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to build the world's first fusion power plant, enabling a future with unlimited clean electricity. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone.

Since Helion's founding in 2013, we have raised over $600 million from investors such as Sam Altman, Mithril, and Capricorn Investment Group to propel us forward. Our last prototype, Trenta, completed 10,000 high-power pulses and reached plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (9 keV).

Now we are working toward Polaris, which will be the first machine to demonstrate electricity from fusion, making this a great time to join Helion! Bring your skills, experiences, and determination to make a difference in the world. Together, we can make a future with unlimited clean electricity from fusion a reality.

What You Will Be Doing:

We are looking for a Diagnostics Engineering Technician to help bring the most powerful, controlled pulsed-fusion device ever constructed online with the goal of generating electrical power. We know this hasn't been done before, so we are looking for individuals who have translatable experience that can help us accomplish our goals. As a technician on the Test Ops team, you will report to our Fusion Test Technician Supervisor at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Collaborate with and lead other technicians to construct test setups for characterizing and calibrating plasma diagnostic sensors
  • Fabricate, assemble, integrate, calibrate, test, and repair hardware components according to engineering specifications
  • Installation of PXIe-NI chassis control systems, including optical fiber routing, instrumentation connections, and configuration and organization of connections
  • Install, align, and maintain plasma diagnostic sensors on fusion machines
  • Communicate project activity, status, and issues to technical owners promptly
  • Help create and maintain documentation and participate in redline reviews
  • Maintain and develop new inventory of consumables and parts as required

Required Skills:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience on complex experiments with a focus on rapid prototyping
  • Previous experience with measurement and diagnostic sensors (e.g., interferometers, spectrometers, fiber collimators, strain gauges, cameras, thermal cameras, etc.)
  • Experience with optical fibers and optical components (e.g., cleaning, terminating optical fibers, handling components carefully)
  • Familiar working with DMMs, oscilloscopes, LCR meters, HV probes, thermocouples, calipers, and other common measurement equipment
  • Experience in the fabrication, assembly, testing, troubleshooting, repair, deployment, operation, and maintenance of mechanical and electrical assemblies and systems
  • Able to perform PCB soldering and assembly for prototype assemblies
  • Some hands-on experience with electric hand tools and basic fabrication tools preferred (e.g., drills, saws, mills, lathes, drill press, sanders, etc.).
  • Experience reading technical drawings and schematics
  • Demonstrated track record of solving complex problems, defining and accomplishing challenging objectives with minimal guidance

The pay range for this position is $34/hr - $46/hr. This pay range may be inclusive of several career levels and will be narrowed based on several factors, including the candidate's experience and qualifications.

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Benefits and Compensation

Our total compensation package includes generous equity and benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees and their families
  • 31 Days of PTO (21 vacation days and 10 sick days)
  • 13 Paid holidays, plus company-wide winter break
  • Up to 5% employer 401(k) match
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance
  • Paid parental leave and support (up to 16 weeks)
  • Annual wellness stipend

NOTE: Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of the job's requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes. If this job isn't the one, we have many other openings that may be a fit.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. If we reach out to you to begin an interview process, we will also ask if you require any reasonable accommodation at that time.