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Sandia National Laboratories General Technologist - Microsystems Packaging and Rapid Prototyping (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Our team is seeking a General Technologist to help support microsystems packaging and rapid prototyping of electronic components and subsystems.

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

  • Work with staff to develop and execute a design of experiments for testing materials used in electronic assemblies

  • Create work-instructions and document procedures that can be transferred to external production agencies

  • Maintain and operate thermal cycling chambers

  • Develop and run cleaning equipment used for printed wiring assemblies

  • Support the design of printed circuit boards using CAD tools

  • Analyze data and document results

  • Support development of new laser micromachining processes

  • Read electrical schematics, bonding diagrams, and re-work printed wiring assemblies

  • Mask, stake and underfill components on printed wiring assemblies

  • Provide written feedback to design engineers on the “Design for Manufacturability”


  • Associates degree or bachelor’s degree in relevant science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field

  • Experience working with electronic components

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Familiarity with standards for electronic assemblies, materials, cleaning, and processing (e.g. NASA 8739.1, IPC-A-610C)

  • Good technical communication and interpersonal skills

  • Experience with electrical testing equipment

  • Passion and motivation to seek exciting problems in multiple roles

  • Good documentation and organizational skills

Experience with the following highly desired:

  • LabView

  • AutoCad

  • SolidWorks

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

    Department Description:

The Microsystems Packaging and Polymer Processing Department specializes in two areas: (1) advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components, and (2) providing materials expertise, processing expertise, and prototype fabrication capabilities for a wide variety of polymer and composite applications.The microsystems packaging team develops prototypes and proof-of concept devices that employ a wide variety of materials and assembly procedures. We team across Sandia by providing an understanding of critical materials performance parameters associated with electrical interfaces and assemblies. We support research and development projects probing fundamental science and engineering areas relevant to packaging solutions for electronics, MEMS-based devices, optical components and hybrid systems. The microsystems packaging team is responsible for understanding interfaces of electronic materials and assembles with the goal of providing solutions for custom packaging and assembly processes. We have capabilities for fine techniques including wire bonding of integrated circuits, precision laser machining of various materials, to photolithography tools and solder stations for board-level assembly work. We have subject matter experts in the areas of solder reflow, packaging, processing and other technical skillsets related to printed wiring assemblies and layers. Our team routine works with designers to build one-off custom electronic assemblies for low-volume fielded hardware.

Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

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.