Sandia National Laboratories Electromechanical Technologist - Fire Science and Technology (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Electromechanical Technologist to support efforts at the Thermal Test Complex. Do you dream of working with a dynamic, multidisciplinary team to design, build, and perform fire and radiant heating experiments supporting a diverse set of missions, including nuclear weapons development and qualification missions? Are you interested in supporting exciting research using state of the art facilities, techniques, and resources? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity.

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

  • Assist team members with the set up and operation of experiments
  • Set up, operate, and maintain diagnostics and measurement equipment including thermocouples, heat flux gauges, lasers, optics, and scientific cameras
  • Complete required formal and on-the-job training to improve capabilities within our organization
  • Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines


  • High school diploma plus three years' related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with design, fabrication, and/or deployment of mechanical, electrical, and/or thermal test systems
  • Experience maintaining laboratory facilities and documentation
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in electro-mechanical, mechanical, engineering, or related technical discipline
  • Experience with thermal instrumentation, laser diagnostics, and data acquisition systems in a lab environment
  • Experience with large-scale experiments and the full complete experiment process including requirements definition, concept development, procurement and construction, and test execution
  • Experience interpreting, organizing, and documenting experimental results
  • 2 years of experience with one or more of the following: thermal control system design; mechanical design and analysis; electronic/electrical design; computer aided design tools; measurement assurance and calibration; interface hardware and software solutions
  • Experience working with large, diverse teams to perform large, complex experiments in fast-paced, dynamic environments
  • Experience and certification in machining and fabrication
  • Experience with basic chemical handling
  • Experience in project management and leading teams
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with pressure safety, electrical safety, forklifts and man lifts, confined space, respirator, lockout/tagout, and hoisting/rigging
  • Proven ability and dedication to apply critical thinking towards engineered safety, Work Planning & Controls, security, and quality

Department Description:

The Fire Science and Technology Department performs experimental and phenomenological fire research to support Sandia's national security mission. The main focus of the department is to ensure the safety and security needs of nuclear weapons in normal and abnormal thermal environments. The department offers a spectrum of computational and experimental capabilities, combined with a problem-solving focus, for addressing fire-related challenges throughout the government, civilian, and industrial sectors. Efforts in the computational arena include development of physics-based subgrid models for phenomena important to fire dynamics, fire suppression and fire detection. The department maintains and operates state-of-the-art facilities for large-scale radiant heat, open-air, and enclosed fire testing. These facilities are used in conjunction with new diagnostics and experimental capabilities developed and employed to provide data for discovery, validation, and system qualification. The group interacts extensively with complementary technical organizations within the Engineering Sciences Center and across the laboratory. Staff members are also involved in national and international endeavors with colleagues in academia and government.

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.


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.