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Electrical Engineer - W87-1 System Development Tester (SE3686) (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693102

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an electrical engineer to join the W87-1 Systems Development Tester (SE3686) team. This is an extraordinary unique opportunity at Sandia to gain experience for a national and international priority. Why not join us? We want you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team and make an impact on the nation and the world! This is a rare opportunity to work with our team of test engineers and technologists contribute toward the success of multiple weapons programs. Our organization has extensive mission experience and technical knowledge, and we are looking to grow our team with engineers that have a broad range of skill sets and want to learn about weapon systems and obtain new skills.

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

  • Design automated test solutions for weapons systems – including test fixtures, cables, electrical sensors, and instrumentation hardware.

  • Design and test electrical circuits boards and automated tester equipment hardware.

  • Integrate lower-level designs and subsystems into a complete system working across a wide variety of engineering domains (hardware, software, mechanical, aerospace, etc.).

  • Provide technical direction to electronics technicians in the installation, calibration, troubleshooting and operation of electrical, controls, data, and instrumentation hardware and systems.

  • Troubleshoot anomalies and failures during various states of testing and development to identify the root-cause and develop/implement mitigations.

  • Collaborate with SNL Systems Organizations and other internal stakeholders.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a relevant STEM discipline, plus (1) one year of professional experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus (5) five years of experience.

  • Active DOE Q clearance (or DOD Top Secret clearance).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields.

  • Experience in board-level and/or component-level circuit design.

  • Expertise in designing digital and/or analog circuitry including sensors (e.g., FPGA, Mixed Signal, ASIC).

  • Modeling and analysis experience using MATLAB, Simulink, PSpice, Mentor Graphics, etc.

  • Experience with automatic test equipment (ATE) - hardware and software.

  • Experience with nuclear weapon program and projects.

  • Experience working in Nuclear Deterrence programs.

About Our Team:

The ND System Electrical Test Department (02332) performs electrical and functional testing, at the System-level, to support Sandia’s major ND modernization programs. The primary focus of the department is to conduct testing to support nuclear weapons modernizations, including the W80-4, Mk21, and W87-1. The departments maintain and operates multiple laboratories across SNL and interacts extensively with the Design, Environmental Testing, and Qualifications teams of all major ND modernization programs. Additionally, our team in responsible for the design, development, and manufacturing of system-level development testers used during all system-level electrical/functional testing.

Posting Duration:

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693102

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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