Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Support Technologist (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Engineering Support Technologist to support engineering activities such as design, test, check-out, modification, fabrication, and assembly of prototype electromechanical systems, experimental design circuitry, or specialized test equipment. Prepares engineering documentation, reports, and drawings.

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

  • Support engineers on technical projects and products working from schematics, diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts, or defined plans to perform testing, checkout, and troubleshooting functions.
  • Collect, maintain, organize, compile, and manipulates technical data, including performing mathematical calculations and analysis of data where guidelines are provided.
  • Create build, assemble, modify, or repair prototypes.
  • Prepare engineering documentation, reports, drawings, sketches, flow charts, diagrams, or schematics.
  • Set up and conduct tests and record data to assist with engineering analysis.
  • Work with analog, digital, and video circuits and logic systems.
  • Work from schematics, diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts, or defined plans to perform testing, checkout, and troubleshooting functions.
  • Perform operational test and fault isolation on systems and equipment.
  • Assist in determining methods or actions to remedy malfunctions.
  • Assist in the design, construction, testing, and checkout of test equipment.
  • Use manufacturing, test, development or diagnostic equipment, including test programs, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and specialized test apparatus.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or relevant discipline
  • Experience with troubleshooting electrical equipment instrumentation, mechanical and/or electrical assembly
  • Experience with machine shop and/or portable power tool equipment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q Security Clearance


  • Experience with programming in MATLAB and C++
  • Experience in troubleshooting and maintenance of electrical systems
  • Knowledge of mathematical calculations in accordance with engineering specifications
  • Ability to work independently and as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated good verbal and written communication skills

Department Description:

The Electromagnetic (EM) Systems Engineering and Qualification Department (1354) provides analysis, experiments and design guidance to support the development of well-shielded advanced electronics systems for survivability purposes in conjunction with a variety of electrical test laboratories. This includes direct injection of electrical insults into test assets and use of large environmental test facilities to simulate fast-pulse, lightning, electrostatic discharge and broadband continuous-wave (CW) environments. We support the qualification of complex electrical systems in normal, abnormal and elements of severe EM environments. Laboratory facilities include humidity-temperature control and combined electrical with elevated temperature testing within enclosed EM shielded rooms. Full system qualification testing includes use of Sandia's Mode-Stirred Chambers, 4-meter height GTEM cell, a transportable (variable size - up to 7.2 meters in height) fast-pulse simulator used for combined environments testing, the Sandia Lightning Simulator for direct-strike and nearby lightning environments, and a EM fast-pulse simulator. Department 1354 works closely with Dept. 1352 (EM Theory), Dept. 1353 (Electrical Sciences and Experiments), and Group 1340 (Radiation Effects Sciences & Applications). Our customer-base includes various organizations across Sandia as well as Strategic Partnering Programs with external government agencies and industry. Current programs include: Mil-Std 461, HERO, and electrostatic discharge testing (ESD) testing; enhanced survivability of systems life extension programs, various delivery system-payload pairs addressing EM survivability, and severe electrical environments effects to civil and government agencies having electrically energized infrastructure vulnerabilities as related to national security concerns.

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:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT