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Sandia National Laboratories Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technologist - Physical Security System Engineering (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.


Working with a diverse team of engineering and technologist staff, we are seeking a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technologist to assist with the scoping/definition, creation, submission, and implementation of engineering design documents/plans (CAD drawings and technical specifications) of complex perimeter (aka PIDAS) and interior intrusion detection systems.

Using your experience drafting building structures, electronic wiring diagrams, power distribution systems, security vehicle barriers, HVAC systems, site development/grading, and experience creating construction/fabrication documents/plans like engineering design drawings and technical specifications, you will work with engineers and technologists while supporting a variety of projects/tasks to develop clear, concise, and buildable design “packages”. Our design package content varies from customer to customer based on their needs and the scope of work involved. The construction phase of the design package may be performed by Sandia personnel, customer/site personnel, subcontractor personnel, or a strategic combination of them all.

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

  • Develop and maintain Sandia drawings, templates, and standards.

  • Create new schematic drawings from scratch or make the necessary changes to existing drawings.

  • Read/understand schematics, design prints and technical/repair manuals or documents or create entire new ones.

  • Work closely with the project manager, project engineers and other CADD technologists to receive instructions, guidance, and resolve design issues.

  • Calculate material quantities to inform cost estimates.

In this position, 50% of the time will be spent generating CAD documents with the other 50% of the time spent in the field performing surveys, field testing, or assisting with PSS implementation that could involve incorporating as-built conditions to CAD documents. During surge design projects, the percentage of CAD time may be higher.

The selected applicant will be located onsite at the New Mexico Campus. Some virtual work may be authorized based on mission need and job performance.

This position requires travel up to 25% of the time


  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Aided Drafting, Automotive Technology, Electronics Technology, Network technology, Civil Engineering technology or other similar technology fields involving CADD

  • Minimum five (5) years of demonstrated experience using AutoCAD® to create, modify, and coordinate engineering drawings for civil, electrical, communications (Fiber), network, mechanical, or structural systems

  • A broad understanding of other architectural/engineering CAD fields like electrical, mechanical, architectural, and pre-engineered specialty security components, combined with an in-depth understanding of how these subject areas align, relate, and/or coexist in a complete and biddable construction/implementation design package

  • Demonstrated experience outlining a complete “plan set” based on the scope of work involved

  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q clearance


  • Experience in physical security system Design, Testing, and Engineering

  • Outstanding written and verbal skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Able to work independently and self-initiated

  • Team to work effectively in a fast-paced, and highly collaborative environment

  • Current Q clearance

    Department Description:

We are responsible for the engineering design and installation of physical security systems (PSS) across multiple DOE/NNSA and DoD locations. Working closely with our customers, staff in 6515 support projects that typically start with requirements definition and ends with a fully operational PSS. Project scope varies based on government policy, customer requirements/need, existing field conditions, and available resources. Our scope of work may include the planning & executing of site surveys to assess the current PSS effectiveness, development of conceptual or detailed PSS engineering designs, participation in procurement activities, PSS installation, PSS performance testing, technical QA/QC over-sight of others performing the PSS installation, and/or development of post-installation PSS logistics and maintenance plans.

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.