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Facilities - Senior/ Principal - Electrical Design Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688939

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking to hire an experienced and highly motivated Electrical Engineer to support the development of in-house electrical design and engineering capabilities within this group! This new group will provide Sandia with the internal capability to self-execute facilities design services at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico.

We are looking for a detail/results-orientated and passionate teaming individual to support a dynamic group of architects, designers and engineers in the development, design, and construction of building and infrastructure projects.

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

  • Lead the electrical design for building or other system modifications including code compliance.

  • Create, update, and implement technical system specifications for the design of low voltage and primary distribution voltage electrical systems.

  • Perform the following activities:

  • Electrical system analysis, prepare design drawings, develop cost, and schedule estimates.

  • Modeling of electrical systems.

  • Single and three-phase load and voltage drop analysis and select materials and equipment to mitigate anomalies.

  • System protection coordination analysis and select over-current protective devices.

  • Cable pulling calculations, size, and place equipment to facilitate cable pulling.

  • Power factor analysis and identify power factor correction solutions.

  • Lighting analysis and select lighting devices and equipment.

  • Lightning protection analysis and design lightning protection systems.

  • Motor analyses.

  • Arc Flash hazards analyses.

  • Distribution pole loading analysis and select the proper poles to withstand loading.

  • Distribution system losses analysis and design system improvements to minimize losses.

  • Root-cause analyses to determine causes of electrical system failures.

  • Preventive measure data analysis.

  • Design new or modify existing motor control centers.

  • Design renewable energy systems not greater than 10MW.

  • Assess the impacts of renewable energy systems on the existing distribution system.

  • Research and test new and innovative techniques and equipment to improve operations and save energy.

  • Conduct code compliance assessments and develop solutions for nonconformance.

  • Assess condition of existing building systems, equipment and site infrastructure and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Conduct failure mode & effects analysis (FMEA) and identify maintenance strategies to mitigate failure risks.

  • Apply reliability-centered maintenance techniques to develop maintenance strategies to improve reliability.

  • Formulate electrical project plans that integrate other subject areas such as architectural, structural, civil, and mechanical, etc.

  • Conduct construction inspections to ensure compliance with designs.

  • Provide construction support to rectify issues between proposed designs and existing field conditions.

  • Collaborate with maintenance electrical personnel on efforts related to low-to-medium voltage electrical distribution systems.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant, for at least one of the hiring organizations, will be required to work onsite.

For a different hiring organization, the selected applicant will be eligible for telecommuting, and they must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution with seven (7) years of relevant low voltage electrical system design experience; or a Master’s degree in power systems plus three (3) years of relevant low voltage electrical system design experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE L-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • NM Professional Engineering (PE) license or Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate or able to obtain a Professional Engineer license.

  • AutoCAD, REVIT or SKM design and drafting skills, MS Office Software skills.

  • Knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Maintenance requirements for high and low voltage system components including but not limited to substation equipment, transformers, relays, switches, over-current protection devices, capacitor banks, overhead and underground distribution feeders, and underground duct banks.

  • Using power flow, cost estimating, and project management software.

  • Facilities engineering, design and construction, and industry standards/ practices.

  • Knowledge of National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards (1910 and 1926) and Life Safety Code. Also, NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze system drawings, construction plans, and system one-line schematics.

  • Experience with the preparation of bid documents.

  • Experience in electrical design of buildings (lighting/power/systems).

  • Experience in lighting designs and controls.

  • Demonstrated ability to design building and infrastructure electrical systems.

  • Ability to prioritize and complete high rigor tasks in a high-pressure environment.

  • Ability to develop and nurture internal customer relationships while also working effectively in a team environment.

  • Ability to plan, organize, lead, and monitor team efforts to completion.

  • Knowledge and experience in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification System or equivalent DOE High Performance Sustainable Building Standard Experience.

  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act.

About Our Team:

Facilities Design and Engineering, designs for campus development, and provides engineering support in all disciplines, including energy management for Sandia National Laboratories. By effectively providing all design and engineering services, we deliver a sustainable campus that protects the workforce, stimulates employees, fosters interaction and creative solutions. The in-house studio is aligned to partner customer needs to design projects that proactively support the customer and the corporation. The primary focus of the group is to work on low risk and low complexity projects with a value of $1K-$250K to enable current-day and future mission success through collaboration. We strive to accomplish these activities in an efficient, flexible, safe, collaborative, and cost-effective manner while creating a work environment that helps attract and retain the best employees to support the objectives of Sandia, Department of Energy, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Additional Organizations hiring on this posting will be: Facilities Design; Facilities Area Manager (FAM) 1, 4, & 7; Asset Management & System Engineering.

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 L-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 the 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.

Job ID: 688939

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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