Sandia National Laboratories 1512 & 1515 Engineering Sciences Experimental Facility Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Engineering Support Technologist to support design, assembly, testing, and experimentation of mechanical systems in the optical diagnostics laboratories and the aerosciences facilities. In this role, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with a team of engineers and technologists leading test programs from initial design through data acquisition.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Design and set-up experimental equipment and conduct tests
  • Design, fabricate, and construct mechanical components for testing
  • Maintain and operate laser systems, setup and align optics, and align and operate scientific-grade CCD and CMOS camera systems
  • Assist with the general maintenance and refurbishing of the infrastructure supporting the facilities as well as operation and troubleshooting of associated instrumentation and digital data acquisition systems

Applicants for this position may be interviewed by and hired into one of multiple organizations.


  • Associate’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering field or similar discipline, or high school diploma plus 3 years’ mechanical and/or electrical work experience
  • Experience or education in mechanical design and assembly and CAD software
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Experience coordinating with machine shops
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pressure and electrical safety practices
  • Familiarity with SNL ES&H or similar safety practices
  • Experience with laser systems, cameras, and/or x-ray systems
  • Experience with large systems and testing operations
  • Experience with compressors, high-pressure systems, vacuum pumps, refrigeration systems, low- and high-voltage power systems, and/or electrical control systems
  • Skills for light machining, fabrication, and/or welding
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical backgrounds

Department Description:

The Diagnostic Science and Engineering Department (1512) develops and applies diagnostics for engineering sciences applications. The department is engaged in experimental activities in fluid mechanics, multiphase and reactive flows, rheology, shock science, and the thermal, chemical and mechanical characterization of materials, including polymeric and energetic materials. Our efforts are focused on (1) development and application of advanced diagnostics, (2) conduct of fundamental experiments to unravel unresolved phenomenology and to characterize material properties and material response, (3) design and performance of validation experiments supporting the Center's code development efforts, and (4) experimental support for weapon qualification/certification. The department has responsibility for the operation of thermal/fluids laboratories, pilot-scale multiphase flow test-beds, full-field measurement of material response and material characterization (DIC), and rheological characterization facilities.

The Aerosciences Department (1515) offers challenging and important work relating to national security in R&D and technology applications in aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, compressible fluid mechanics, and flight dynamics. Our primary mission supports U.S. Department of Energy Defense Programs, and aerosciences projects funded through the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA, NASA, and industry. Our projects span the Mach number range from subsonic through hypersonic and involve systems ranging from aircraft released ordinance to reentry systems and rocket systems. Technical activities include experimental, analytical, and computational efforts plus support of flight test activities, both pre-flight/post-flight analyses and field test operations. The Aerosciences Department maintains a strong balance of research and development activities and works synergistically with other organizations at Sandia to meet current and future customer needs.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

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:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.