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Maintenance Program Lead - Operations & Engineering (Distinguished)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 685467

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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.

Salary Range:

$115,400 - $196,100

*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:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of using innovative facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a diverse team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security? If so, you could be the Distinguished Operations & Engineering Lead we are seeking to join our team!

In this position you will use your technical expertise and experience to work with our partners, facility engineering, and line customers to define and negotiate system requirements that ensure reliable mission function and performance. You will develop new principles, concepts, and practices and apply them to complex strategic issues and/or significant problems.

You will apply expertise in one or more engineering or facilities-related fields to make crucial judgments to enable the delivery of mission requirements. This role requires you to be the authority and program owner for maintenance programs for Sandia National Laboratories across multiple state/site locations/divisions; as well as the process owner responsible for helping the Maintenance & Operations Management team implement, track and maintain new and existing maintenance programs.

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

  • Serve as the authority for Facilities asset maintenance programs and determine options for the most effective integrated solutions.

  • Use advanced concepts spanning several engineering fields to conduct innovative engineering and operating studies including research efforts for emerging asset monitoring and maintenance capabilities and technologies.

  • Partner with the maintenance management and work planning teams to develop conceptual project requirements to meet customer and mission support requirements and define the necessary resources to enable successful project execution.

  • Responsible for attending design reviews, integrating project execution with maintenance, leading process improvements, training, mentoring, and coordination with the center and division leaders.

  • Lead strategic planning for maintenance programs applying scientific and engineering principles and knowledge to achieve program and project objectives.

  • Serve on relevant technical and engineering committees of organizations and societies as appropriate.

  • Develop new methods, processes, and approaches for solving complex problems by leading activities and collaborating with systems engineers, craft personnel, line customers and other partners.

  • Use technical judgment to identify potential operational risks. Work with customers to develop risk mitigation strategies, corrective actions, and recommend risk acceptance or avoidance for operations related to the maintenance programs.

  • Work with Sandia Field Office (SFO) representative, Management and Labor Relations on matters of requirements and assessments.

  • Perform preliminary oversight and periodic reviews of work orders and execution to ensure performance objectives are achieved.

  • Provide strategic plans for maintenance strategies in support of corporate strategic goals.

  • Make labor standards classifications and reporting procurement subcontracts that include construction, alteration, or repair.

Successful candidate must be able to obtain Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) certification or equivalent.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in any Engineering discipline, Architecture, or Facilities/Building Management, plus twelve (12) or more years of relevant experience; or Master's in any Engineering discipline, Architecture, or Facilities/Building Management, plus eight (8) years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and/or professional (exempt) level experience.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Expertise in implementing maintenance programs including Reliability Centered Maintenance, preventive and predictive maintenance.

  • Diverse experience in maintenance activities and operations in one or more of the following functional areas; electrical, structural and mechanical facility systems.

  • Extensive experience on all aspects of maintenance, with demonstrated experience in technical problem solving and program management.

  • Demonstrated ability to assess complicated systems and work with cross cutting teams.

  • Experience making technical decisions requiring scientific, facilities, construction, or engineering judgment.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to successfully plan, organize, lead, and monitor team efforts to completion.

  • Experience effectively prioritizing and completing tasks in a high-pressure environment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing programs and policies affecting activities, projects, or initiatives.

  • Experience providing analysis of information, trends and goals on a strategic and corporate level.

About Our Team:

Department 4743, Structural Services, provides preventive and corrective maintenance on all administrative locks, painting, building structural systems and equipment, pedestrian pathways, fences, gates, parking lots, roadways—both improved (asphalt and concrete) and unimproved, water deliveries to water storage tanks, cranes and hoists, and landscape areas. The department also provides excavation and emergency support to Sandia National Laboratories when requested by the Incident Commander.

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: 685467

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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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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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