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Sandia National Laboratories Manager, Operations Engineering 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.


Organization 05240, MESA Microfabrication, is currently seeking a Manager in Operations Engineering to lead the Integrated Safety & Facilities Department (ISFD) for Microfabrication Facilities (fabs) in the Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications (MESA) Center.

The successful candidate will manage a multidisciplinary team to maintain and operate critical infrastructure and safety processes for MESA’s 24/5 fab operations.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership, technical vision, guidelines and direction to staff

  • Coordinating employee recruitment, selection, training, performance evaluations, salary, recognition, and disciplinary actions

  • Partnering with fab management team to improve efficiency, communication, safety, quality, productivity, security, and waste reduction

  • Managing succession planning and develop the department’s capabilities including staff and equipment

  • Managing specialized MESA infrastructure, in partnership with fab management, as well as partners in emergency management, facilities, procurement, and ES&H

  • Operation and sustainment of infrastructure systems including the distribution of hazardous and bulk gases, bulk chemical distribution, reverse osmosis deionized water, process chilled water, acid waste neutralization, compressed dry air, along with the procurement of fab chemicals and consumables

  • Supervising hazardous waste operations for the two semiconductor fabs

  • Responsible for all aspects of critical semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure including equipment installation, maintenance, operation, safety, and sustainment planning

  • Partnering with the MESA operations group for sustainment and planning activities

  • Managing critical safety systems including Hazardous Production Materials (HPM) Monitoring, High Sensitivity Smoke Detection (HSSD), and Acid/Ammonia Exhaust

  • Managing the local Emergency Response Team (ERT) in coordination with Sandia Emergency Management and Kirtland Fire Department

  • Executing requirements outlined in the facilities Safety Assessment and team with Safety Basis and ES&H for annual review


  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field plus 8 years' related experience; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • At least 2 years demonstrated leadership experience

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


  • Leadership and/or management experience in semiconductor fabrication or fab management

  • Technical knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure and safety systems

  • Familiarity with MESA facilities, infrastructure, and safety systems

  • Leadership and/or direct experience in emergency response and planning

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing trust-based relationships among peers, staff, and management

  • Proven experience in process improvement, engineered controls, or Mistake-Proofing

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

    Department Description:

MESA Microfabrication develops and maintains core semiconductor processing capabilities that enable our customers to build differentiating Microsystems products. Two unique facilities are co-located within the 64,900 square foot MESAfab complex including:

  • An 11,900 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 8-inch silicon wafer processing and

  • A 14,900 square foot Class 10/Class 100 MicroFab for compound semiconductor processing and silicon wafer post-processing.

The MicroFab maintains expertise in compound semiconductor processing and heterogeneous integration. All of the MicroFab equipment (180 tools) are maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities. The Silicon Fab has processing expertise in CMOS, MEMS, Silicon Photonics, and Ion Trap technologies. Over 150 tools are maintained, supported and operated 24 hours per day, 5 days a week (3 shifts). Critical infrastructure and safety systems, enabling fab operations, are maintained and sustained by an integrated team of domain specialists with specialization in semiconductor equipment and emergency response.

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.