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Compression Systems Test Engineer

Burnaby, BC
Full Time
A month ago

Position:        Test Engineer, Compression Systems

Location:        Burnaby, BC, Canada


General Fusion is transforming how the world is energized by developing the first commercially-viable fusion power plant. Fusion will deliver clean, safe, and on-demand power at industrial scale, providing a powerful complement to renewables and a pathway to a zero-emissions grid.

Combining new technologies, proven industrial processes, and advances in fundamental fusion science, General Fusion aims to be the first in the world to develop commercial fusion power. Key performance requirements have been demonstrated at the system level, setting the stage for building a pre-commercial fusion power prototype.


Position Overview:

We are looking for a Test Engineer who will support the development of General Fusion’s Compression Systems through active testing. The Test Engineer will take on a lead role in the operation, iterative development, and integration of test beds within the Compression Team. The successful candidate will have a strong multi-disciplinary skill set, centered around collecting and interpreting data from physical systems and distilling results to feed into the design of complex mechanical assemblies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Testing prototype fluidic systems
  • Operating complex mechanical and electrical systems
  • Operating rotating machinery; pneumatic, hydraulic, vacuum, laser systems
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Designing experiments
  • Documenting and communicating results
  • Working with design engineers on upgrades and repairs of test beds, as well as specifications for new prototypes.


Relevant Skills and Experience:


  • Firm grasp of engineering and physics fundamentals
  • Rooted understanding of the experimental method
  • Hands-on disposition
    • Proven ability to infer cause and effect of physical phenomena in complex systems
    • Rapid prototyping, machining, assembly, and fabrication experience
    • Experience in mechanical design
    • Experience in a research and development environment
    • Willingness to contribute across a broad scope of skillsets in the development and testing environment
    • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams in a fast-paced environment with rapidly evolving priorities


  • Experience with pressurized liquid or gas systems
  • Good CAD (SolidWorks) knowledge, experience with PDM systems
  • Experience working with LabVIEW software and NI data acquisition hardware
  • Proficiency in Python, MATLAB
  • Experience with diagnostic measurement techniques such as:
    • high frame rate video
    • pressure sensing
    • position and velocity sensing
  • Experience in electrical and electronic engineering
  • Experience with heavy lifting/hoisting
  • Workplace safety training



Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, engineering physics, or equivalent.

The work involved in this project requires rapid prototyping skills, independence, flexibility and quick turn-around. General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.



We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Fusion is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Company address:  108 – 3680 Bonneville Place, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4T5

Terms of employment:  Permanent full-time

Salary:  $90,000 - $120,000 / year base (plus applicable variable pay)

Benefits: Standard - 10% Variable Pay, 5% RRSP, 3% HCSA & Group Health Benefits

Language of work:  English