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Job Description

Do Epic Science
TAE is the world’s first private fusion energy company, founded in 1998 to commercialize the cleanest, safest, most affordable, and sustainable form of carbon-free power. We are applying science and engineering to design transformational technologies. Whether it's harnessing fusion through the science of stars, making exponential leaps in power efficiency, or innovating medical care with a novel cancer treatment: We're turning the promise of science into reality.

We’re looking for candidates who are passionate about realizing our mission: A future where all people have affordable access to reliable, abundant, and environmentally friendly fusion-generated electricity.

About The Role

We currently have an opening at our Foothill Ranch, CA (Orange County) facility for an experienced Mechanical / Vacuum Technician who will be an integral teammate on several cutting-edge products. Possible assignments include construction/maintenance on our Fusion technology demonstration unit, various tasks associated with our novel cancer treatment particle accelerator, and opportunities within our Power Management development group. We are looking for a seasoned technician who is confident to take on nearly any mechanical task. This is a full-time position.

  • Safety First: Must be familiar with Lock-out tag-out procedures of energy control systems.
  • Maintain and organize all lab equipment and tools. Maintain component inventories and consumable items for installation and other maintenance tasks.
  • Assist with material handling duties, utilizing cranes, forklifts, jacks, rigging, custom tooling, etc. Ability to rig and make lifts up to 10 tons following industrial guidelines. Understanding of rigging materials, crane operations, Center of Gravity calculations, etc.
  • Familiarity with mechanical and vacuum hardware such as pumps, Process piping, bearings, structural components, Ancillary equipment, water and Process gas systems. Pipe fitting and being able to build a plumbing system free of leaks is critical. Systems you will be responsible for include air, water, gas and vacuum systems.
  • Ability to check your work with pneumatic, hydro or vacuum testing is advantageous.
  • Efficiently communicate with Physicists and Engineers to participate in the assembly and commissioning of complex equipment. Ability to read assembly and manufacturing drawings to facilitate installations and seek advice when necessary.
  • Familiarity with lasers, mirrors, and vibration damping devices is preferred.
  • Basic electrical equipment installation, (under the supervision of an Electrical Engineer) such as cable tray and junction box installation is required.
  • Equipment placement and alignment techniques using traditional measurement tools is required. Experience with using laser instrumentation for accuracy measurements is advantageous. Training can be provided.
  • Excellent familiarity with mechanical components. Use of all common powered and non-powered hand tools is required.
  • Fabrication of simple components using lab tools including drill press, lathe, mill and simple welding desired.
  • Coordination with outside vendors may be required.

About You

  • Experience: >10 years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to work safely at all times and ask for help when feeling at risk
  • Knowledge of basic safety rules and a willingness to follow them
  • Communication across a broad spectrum of technical and administrative co-workers
  • Skills in all basic mechanical tools including powered hand tools
  • Familiarity with machining and welding techniques
  • Knowledge of vacuum systems and/or clean room activities
  • Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft tools
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Oral, written and diagrammatic communication skills, with the ability to translate complex ideas into clear concepts
  • Creativity, innovation and attention to detail
  • A deep desire to spend your time working on projects that will save lives and make the planet a better place
  • Familiar with the Atlassian tools, Jira and Confluence preferred


  • Associates or bachelor’s degree preferred

About Us:

Imagination, skill, and will

We are a diverse team of over 500 engineers, scientists, professionals, Maxwell Prize winners, and big thinkers from more than 40 countries with a track record of delivering on the innovative ways science can lead humanity into a brighter era. We are not afraid to envision a future where fusion and science can transform our world.

What you’ll get with us

  • Generous benefits such as Medical, Dental, Vision, 401 (K) with company match, paid vacation + sick time, companywide December holiday, wellness program (for full-time employees)
  • Payment rewards: For referring talent, novel research, and patents
  • A collaborative environment: An organization where talents and interests can plug in to different groups throughout the organization
  • Potential for equity participation
  • HQ in Southern California
  • Employee events on and off-site
  • A commitment to upholding and growing an inclusive organization

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TAE Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

We ensure all individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us recruiting@tae.com to request accommodations or request more information.

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