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Sandia National Laboratories Aircraft Compatibility Test Operations Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking an experienced Test Operations Engineer with an interest in executing a broad portfolio of Work Planning and Control (WP&C), Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and flight line operations work in support of Sandia’s Aircraft Compatibility Mission.

On any given day the selected candidate may be called on to:

  • Prepare test, maintenance, operations, and administrative procedures to support operations at Sandia and in-field

  • Design, develop and direct fabrication of experiment hardware or test components, systems, and equipment

  • Review and help prepare the safety basis documentation that enables operations

  • Determine conditions under which tests are to be conducted, including safety and security conditions

  • Coordinate operational, functional, and performance phases of tests

  • Plan the labor and scheduling for testing

  • Prepare all work planning and control documentation, to include failure mode analyses and safety cases, for work being conducted at hazardous facilities

  • Work at a remote test site, often working outdoors in an un- air controlled and hot or cold environment

  • Collaborate with customer to ensure their expectations are met

This position requires the ability to travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science, engineering, technical field, plus (5) years of experience or equivalent combination of education education and experience

  • Experienced with Corporate Engineered Safety Principles and Practices and Work Planning and Control Processes or external equivalent

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Experience planning, conducting, and reporting of field and/or laboratory experiments

  • Experience supporting flight line operations

  • Experience with curriculum development, planning, coordinating, and managing training classes or events

  • Experience with leading and coordinating dynamic/highly motivated teams, which often includes adjusting to shifting and evolving requirements and due dates

  • Experience in compliance with Sandia safety protocols, particularly as applied to explosive, high-voltage and security operations

  • Demonstrated experience in regulatory compliance in the areas of environmental, industrial hygiene, and/or electrical safety

  • Demonstrated background working as part of a dynamic and diverse team in support of mission execution with a safety-first mind set

  • Excellent with time management, organization, prioritization, and coordination of work

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) including the ability to build effective and trusting relationships with peers, partners, and customer

    Department Description:

The Aircraft Compatibility organization's role is critical to maintaining the viability, technical confidence and operational readiness of the US nuclear weapons stockpile. The Aircraft Compatibility team establishes and maintains compatibility of nuclear weapons with their delivery platforms, enabling weapon reliability calculations. This team works with military engineering and operational organizations, aircraft contractors, and Sandia's weapon systems departments in the design and certification of the aircraft/weapon interface. Members oversee the laboratory and flight testing of their assigned weapon systems to include evaluating data, investigating anomalies and reporting results. Personnel use a variety of engineering tools that represent electrical and functional characteristics of a war reserve weapon. The project is a continuing process of certification and recertification of aircraft nuclear weapon system compatibility.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical 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:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.