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Neutron Tube Sub-Assembly Production LTE Apprentice GT1

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689290

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Neutron Generator Electromechanical Trades Apprentice. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Manufacturing of high consequence and high rigor products. Perform all functions required to produce neutron tubes and generators. Ensure that production processes and related equipment and materials are functioning and ready for use in fabricating qualified and development hardware.

  • Work involves following detailed written operating instructions, procedures, and specifications in the manufacture of high consequence products using manually-operated and computer- controlled equipment such as vacuum systems, H-furnaces, evaporators, and final bake out stations in a contamination-controlled (e.g., clean room ) limited access facility.

  • Using documented processes, perform experiments to characterize new or improved processes, fixtures, and equipment; fabricate development products.

  • Participate on, or lead, Continuous Process Improvement Teams.

  • Verify the readiness of operators, work instructions, equipment, tooling, fixtures, and gages to perform work.

  • Perform chemical cleaning, etching, electroplating, thin film evaporation and thick film metallization, laser, resistance, and electron beam welding, machining, OGP operation, brazing, epoxy joining, and encapsulation, subassembly, final assembly, flame spraying, neutron tube exhaust processing, high voltage product testing and other fabrication processes.

  • Identify deficiencies in production line, coordinate the work of others to ensure the attainment of development and production schedules, utilize a computerized database to maintain required records and perform in-process inspection operations to ensure product meets customer design, development and manufacturing.

  • Some work assignments will require RAD-worker or explosives training and certification.

  • As assigned, act as lead person which includes, but is not limited to, responsibilities for making schedule commitments, assignment of work to coworkers and instructing and training others.

  • Plan and perform work using industry-standard safety practices. Requirements include completion of the Sandia Production Trades Training Program or successful completion of Sandia National Laboratories Neutron Generator Apprentice Training Program certified by the NM State Apprenticeship Council.

  • Sandia has an Agency Shop Agreement with the Metal Trades Council (MTC). The position being offered to you is a represented position. Therefore, as an employee represented by the MTC, you must either become a union member or pay a monthly agency fee equal to the union dues. You will be contacted by a union steward concerning membership during the first week of your employment.

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.

Qualifications We Require:

Prerequisites for Entry into an Apprenticeship Program

Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program as provided by Central New Mexico community College or Equivalent with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. Degrees could be in the following degree concentration: Metals Technology with a concentration in Machine Tool Technology, Electronics Technology or Electronic Engineering Technology or Manufacturing Technology with any concentration or equivalent work experience (minimum 4 years).

(For consideration you must ATTACH A COPY OF UNNOFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH RESUME FOR REVIEW). Your application is not complete until a copy of your unofficial transcripts are uploaded with your resume into the job posting.

Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Minimum of 5-8 years as a fully qualified Materials Processing Specialty Tradesperson


  • Completion of a State approved Materials Specialty apprenticeship program

  • Completion of the post-secondary classes listed above

  • Attainment of an Associate's degree with an emphasis in a relevant area

  • Possess the equivalent on-the-job work experience

  • Ability to follow written work instructions

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct work in a safe manner

  • Work successfully in a team environment

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly integrated and small team

  • Experience with high consequence component production

  • Experience handling explosive devices

  • Process improvement experience

  • Use of computers to accomplish work tasks

  • Experience with Oracle

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of personnel

  • Active Department of Energy "L" or "Q" clearance

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.


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.

Essential Functions:

Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

Job ID: 689290

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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

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

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.

Sandia is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need special assistance or accommodation, please send an email with your request to the Job Accommodation Specialist in (NM) . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.