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Sandia National Laboratories Electrician-Breaker Testing (GT1) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Electrical Trades to be part of the new Breaker Testing and Maintenance Program.

On any given day, you may be called on to

  • Test and perform maintenance on low voltage circuit breakers

  • Help maintain inventory of circuit breakers

  • Ensure circuit breaker testing equipment is properly cared for and maintained

  • Prepare breaker testing equipment for calibration

  • Perform preventative maintenance and testing of building electrical systems

  • As a conditoin of employment, Metal Trades positions are represented by the Metal Trades Council (MTC) and employees must pay monthly membership dues or agency fee.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation 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.


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.


  • Perform required periodic testing of systems and utilize a computerized database to maintain required records.

  • Perform work using industry standard safety practices such as: proper use and inspection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and test equipment for confirmation of the de-energization of electrical circuits including but not limited to insulation resistance tester, digital multi-meter, and circuit tracers.

  • Devise tests, fabricate assemblies, or troubleshoot as necessary.

  • Utilize a computerized database to maintain records, and keep work areas in a clean and orderly condition.

  • May consult with other Tradespersons and provide direction to other employees as required.

  • Lay out, install, modify, troubleshoot, repair and maintain medium and high voltage electrical systems.

  • Diagnose and correct malfunctions in complex electrical transmission and distribution systems and detect and mark all types of interior and exterior electrical utilities.

  • Work involves bucket truck and digger-derrick pole truck operation.

  • Perform switching procedures and techniques; conduct high voltage testing procedures; and use cable splicing and HV termination techniques.

  • Perform work using industry-standard safety practices, techniques, and sequences for determining the de-energization of high voltage circuits; installation and removal of grounding clusters; demonstrate knowledge of test equipment to troubleshoot high voltage electrical circuits; work with facilities/construction engineers to evaluate, plan, and coordinate utility spotting activities. Must have experience in the construction of HV equipment/systems and an understanding of the associated hazards involved.

  • Must have working knowledge of SNL's high voltage electrical transmission and distribution systems and complete SNL's High Voltage Mentorship Program.

  • Must be able to obtain the mobile crane certification.

  • Lay out, install, modify, troubleshoot, repair and maintain specialized facilities, electrical fire alarm systems, intrusion alarm systems, inverters, emergency lights, overhead doors, vehicle gates and building grounding and distribution systems including transfer switches and standby/emergency generator systems.

  • Troubleshoot and repair communication systems, control and alarm systems, and associated computer equipment interfaces.

  • Responsibilities include thermographic scanning, diagnosing and correcting malfunctions in highly specialized electrical and electronic test equipment, and electromechanical circuits and devices associated with facility and process equipment and test equipment including infrared thermography, communications transmission system test equipment, and three-point ground resistivity meters.

  • Work on complex electrical, electronic and electromechanical systems, circuits, and devices associated with facility and process equipment.

  • Diagnose and correct malfunctions in electrical systems, circuits, and components.

  • Must have working knowledge of SNL's Low Voltage Electrical Distribution systems.

  • Will perform appropriate, auxiliary, or related duties in the general area of work activity necessary to accomplish the above.

  • This position may have to work swing shift (2:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 hours daily) or weekend shift.


  • Certification or training in the testing and maintenance of electrical circuit breakers.

  • Experience in the proper use and operation of circuit breaker testing equipment.

  • Requirements include completion of a State approved electrical apprenticeship program or equivalent.

  • Typical experience includes minimum of 3-5 years as a fully qualified Electrical Tradesperson, and is capable of obtaining a journeyman's license.

  • The successful candidate must be able to work either independently, or as a member of a team and have leadership skills, and good communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Punctuality, and a solid attendance record.

  • Knowledge of how a Behavior Based Safety system functions works to help reduce injuries and provide a safer workplace.

  • Active Department of Energy "L" or "Q" clearance.

  • Ability to work overtime and be on-call

    Department Description:

    The Electrical Maintenance Department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of Sandia/NM's electrical and fire protection systems. This department consists of teams who perform Electrical Breaker Testing & Maintenance, Predictive and Preventative Maintenance on High Voltage and Low Voltage Building systems, Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems as well as maintenance of Street and Building Lighting, Power Metering, Emergency Lighting/Inverters, Intrusion Alarm System, Electrically operated roll-up doors, gates and Standby Generators.

    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.


Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

Job ID: 679857