Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Reliability Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Organization 9413, System and Component Reliability, has opportunities for Reliability Engineers to perform reliability assurance and assessment activities for multiple systems and/or components. The successful candidates will apply a range of reliability engineering and analysis methods in support of national security program decisions. They will interact frequently with component/system design, surveillance, quality and other surety assessment organizations in performing these functions. Reliability engineers perform reliability engineering analyses on components and systems throughout the entire lifecycle of design, development, production, and fielded hardware maintenance/storage. They maintain an awareness of issues and communicate risks relating to reliability, participate in investigations of potential defects and/or performance issues, identify evolving data needs for reliability predictions and assessments, track testing from various sources, integrate data appropriately into reliability analyses, provide input for the annual NNSA Weapons Reliability Report and assist product realization teams (PRTs) in reliability assurance (i.e., improving inherent reliability of complex systems).

Some travel may be required.


  • Master's in engineering or applied mathematics, plus 5 years' of engineering experience.
  • Experience in applying analytic methods to evaluate the performance of engineered components.


  • Personal initiative, responsiveness, and excellent attention to detail.
  • Good communication, teaming, and critical analysis skills.
  • Experience with physics of failure, fault tree or root cause analyses.
  • Experience with a variety of reliability test methods.
  • Experience with design or production of high-consequence products.
  • Experience or training in nuclear weapons design, testing, modeling, or assessment.
  • Experience in probabilistic modeling, Monte Carlo methods, statistical data analyses, or margin analyses.
  • Experience in applying reliability theory and a range of reliability analyses across a product’s lifecycle.
  • Experience with integrating data from multiple sources.
  • Experience in applying the results of engineering models for mechanical, electrical, or other physics properties to reliability models.

Department Description:

System and Component Reliability Mission: our primary mission is to provide reliability analyses on behalf of the NNSA to the Nuclear Weapons Program. We provide independent reliability predictions and assessments on nuclear weapon components, subsystems, and systems throughout the conceptual design-to-retirement life cycle. Our reliability engineering and assessment capabilities support other programs and products both internal and external to Sandia. We create and adapt a suite of probabilistic reliability models to keep abreast of design and technology changes. We consult with design and surveillance teams on the reliability and related statistical issues associated with design, test, and operational decisions.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT