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Explosive Material Machinist Tradesperson - GT1

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691637

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Explosive Material Machinist Tradesperson

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

  • Utilize all types of machine tools, bench and floor equipment, computers and monitoring devices, remote control equipment, and computerized numerical control (CNC) machine tools including the use of a laser welder to design and to fabricate products from a wide range of materials including explosives.

  • Responsibilities include manufacturing products from solid models using CAD/CAM software and other computer tools to acquire, exchange and manage data; planning, scheduling, and fabricating necessary jigs, fixtures, molds, templates, gauges, cutting and forming tools; collaborating with engineers and serving as a consultant on design and manufacturability issues; developing cost estimates and writing work instructions/procedures.

  • Perform work using industry-standard safety practices.

  • Provide technical oversight for shop, sub-shop, and out-of-shop fabricate-to-print work.

  • As assigned, act as lead person which includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for making schedule commitment(s).

  • Utilize a computerized database to maintain required records.

  • Learning and implementation of the work planning and control processes to plan and carry out activity level work

  • Obtaining knowledge regarding explosive materials and their properties to aid in machining of unique parts and materials made of or containing explosives.

  • Willingness to drive and work at a remote location (bldg.9960).

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Minimum 5 years as a fully qualified Machinist Tradesperson and completion of a State approved machinist apprenticeship program.

  • The demonstrated ability to plan, lay out, fabricate, and modify a wide range of machined products or components in an engineering, research and development environment.

  • Willingness to perform hands on work with explosives materials.

  • Experience with Mastercam CAD/CAM software.

  • Ability to perform work using industry-standard and SNL safety practices.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q level security clearance.

  • Ability to thoroughly document all processes/procedures and complete required Work Authorization documents.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Knowledge in machining; pressing powders; tool and die design; disassembly; assembly; storage; handling and transportation of explosives.

  • Knowledge of explosive materials and their properties

  • Detailed understanding of Haas CNC systems.

  • ES&H documentation to support operations of this machine shop.

  • Experience programming and using ProE and Solidworks.

  • Ability to contribute to development and implement ES&H.

  • Ability to collaborating with engineers and serving as a consultant on design and manufacturability issues.

  • Typical experience shall include a minimum of 8 years as a fully qualified Machinist Tradesperson with both manual and CNC work represented in past work.

  • Provide technical and project oversight for one-man shop.

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.

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.


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.

Essential Functions:

If offered the position, you may be required to demonstrate your fitness to perform certain physical aspects of the position, including lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.

Job ID: 691637

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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