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Sandia National Laboratories Explosives Safety Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a highly-motivated Safety Engineer who is passionate about supporting a safe and healthy work culture to join our dynamic Safety and Health Engineering team as an Explosives Safety Engineer. The position requires performing high-quality, technically-sound assessment of explosives operations. This role has high visibility with both laboratory wide impact and NNSA/DOE complex impact.

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

  • Provide Explosives Safety subject matter expertise on a wide variety of explosives operations and activities ranging from R&D laboratory work such as small-scale synthesis of energetic materials to field testing, large scale demolition operations, and rocket launches.
  • Assist line organizations in the development of work planning and control (WP&C) packages associated with explosives operations including Hazard Analysis, Safety Cases, Operating Procedures.
  • Identify failure modes for integrated systems and R&D activities involving explosives and identify potential control strategies to mitigate or control risk.
  • Identify permissible exposures for explosive operations and determine safe separation distances for blast over pressure and fragmentation protection.
  • Incorporate corporate explosives safety program specifications, standards, and procedures.
  • Collaborate with other highly-trained professionals across the occupational safety and health disciplines and line management to ensure proper work hazard evaluation and control.

This position requires occasionally working a modified work schedule, travel to remote sites unpanned, and work outdoors in all weather conditions.

In this role, you will have responsibility for explosives safety sites. This may include but is not limited to Sandia NM, Sandia CA, Tonopah Test Range, Kauai Launch Complex, and other remote locations.


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in engineering or similar discipline with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or a minimum 8 years of explosives safety experience, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and use of explosive safety techniques and practices on large and small scale
  • Advanced knowledge of Explosives Safety regulations and drivers.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a required DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Graduate of NAVSCOLEOD.
  • Knowledge of explosives site planning of explosives storage operations/storage facilities and intentional detonation sites, including but not limited to:

  • Advanced knowledge of Explosives Safety Siting (ESS)

  • Determining personnel protection and lightning protection
  • Determining explosive effects and permissible exposures
  • Determining hazard classification and compatibility groups
  • Performing explosives Quantity Distance (QD) criteria assessments.
  • Advanced knowledge of explosive safety standards and technical manuals and the application of principles identified therein. Examples include but are not limited to: DOE-STD-1212-2019, AFMAN 91-201, DESR 6055.09, NAVSEA OP-5 Volume 1, DDESB Technical papers, DoD Contractor Safety Manual, AFSPCMAN-91-710, AFI 91-208, NAVSEA OP 3565 Volume 2, 49 CFR, and TB 700-2.
  • Experience in the application of electrical safety principles applied to explosive operations such as arming and firing activities using Low and High Voltage Firing Systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and use of explosive safety techniques and practices in Research & Development (R&D), large scale demolition, or laboratory environments.
  • Qualification as an explosive operator.
  • Working knowledge of Safety Assessment for Explosives Risk (SAFER).
  • Working knowledge of EIS/Oracle or demonstrated experience managing explosive inventories.
  • ASP/CSP certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
  • Experience as a classroom instructor.
  • Experience with conducting readiness reviews, causal analysis, or accident investigations
  • Ability to provide service to a diverse set of customers in a fast-paced, critical deadline, cooperative teaming atmosphere.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Current DOE L or Q-level security clearance.

Department Description:

Safety and Health Engineering provides the tools and expertise to evaluate and control occupational hazards that may occur during work, while also ensuring SNL meets contractual and promulgated worker safety and health requirements. Safety and Health Engineering is responsible for a diverse set of occupational safety and health programs that include Explosives Safety, Electrical Safety, Lockout/Tagout, Aviation Safety, Chemical Safety, Bio Safety, and Respiratory Protection along with many others.

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:

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.