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Systems Engineer

Full Time
A month ago

Position:        Systems Engineer

Location:        Burnaby  / Richmond, BC, Canada

About Us:

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-emission 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.

Does This Sound Like You?

  • You enjoy applying your first principles approach to understanding nuances of complex engineering and physics concepts 
  • Strong understanding of implications of interactions and conflicts between complex systems 
  • Proven ability to manage complex mechanical system integration
  • Able to recognize, identify, troubleshoot, and resolve challenges across multiple systems
  • Ability to recognize how challenges within one system may be resolved through changes to one or more different systems
  • You enjoy collaborating with driven, passionate individuals across a wide spectrum of disciplines 
  • You want to use your talents to change the world for the better!


Position Overview:

General Fusion is seeking an experienced engineer to join our Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) Systems Engineering team. In this collaborative role, the successful candidate will work closely with Design Engineering to ensure several large electro-mechanical systems are defined, designed, and built to meet the program goals.

The Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) will be a complex facility that will house General Fusion’s prototype magnetized target fusion machine. This machine is a large and very complex device that is being designed by multiple teams of engineers and physicists. A significant part of this role will be to identify and manage the trade-offs associated with engineering issues that affect multiple groups and system owners. The candidate will work with the design engineering teams to achieve cross system design coherence. They will document the decisions taken, or report recommendations to the change control board. They will update and maintain the systems interface documentation, and requirements, to reflect the changes and to provide direction to the design group.


Key Responsibilities:

(What You’ll Be Doing!)

  • Working with multiple engineering teams to facilitate the design of cross system functions  and to understand and document to risk, performance, cost, and schedule tradeoffs    
  • Defining systems boundaries and interfaces.
  • Identifying, tracking, deriving, maintaining and updating requirements that stem from interactions that cross system boundaries.
  • Identifying challenges in meeting design requirements and or maintaining performance margins; working with the Design Engineering and  Program Management to resolve these challenges in a manner that continues to meet the program goals.
  • Working with the team developing and maintaining performance models for the FDP so they accurately reflect and inform design and requirements changes.


Relevant Skills and Experience:

(What You Bring!


Bachelor or Master’s degree in Engineering with relevant industrial experience. Preferably a background in Engineering physics, Mechatronics or Mechanical engineering.


  • 10+ years of experience as design engineer working on multi-disciplinary projects. 
  • Self-reliant and comfortable working with little supervision, without prescribed work plans, on projects that are based on high-level specifications.
  • Passion to efficiently communicate complex ideas with technical audiences – This role will require extensive engagement will many groups and people, so the candidate has to be very adept at reaching out and bringing people together to reach consensus on complex questions. 
  • Practical experience transitioning novel, emerging technologies into one-of-a-kind engineering projects.
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing systems’ designs and requirements.


  • Hands on experience designing / building / assembling machinery.
  • Experience writing interface definition documents.

What We Offer:

  • Flexible hours
  • Four weeks’ vacation
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • RRSP Contribution
  • Support for professional development
  • Great company culture – social events, food trucks, bike rides, Sun Run, etc.


  • General Fusion Inc.  
  • Term:  Permanent, Full Time 
  • Salary Range - $100,000 - $120,000 base annual
  • Location of Work: Burnaby / Richmond, British Columbia 
  • Contact:  604 439 3003 
  • Benefits: 10% Variable, Extended Medical / Health, 5% RRSP, Stock Options, Sick / Personal Time, 3% HSCA. 
  • Language of work: English


We thank all applicants for their interest.   Due to overwhelming volumes, only those candidates considered for next steps 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.

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