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Product Design Engineer - ECAD (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688265

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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:

$65,300 - $146,200

*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:

We are seeking a highly motivated Product Design Engineer (PDE) with a passion for product design and development!

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

  • Conduct preliminary engineering analysis, based on client input, on the performance of the electrical design using Hyperlynx software as well as tools contained within Siemen's Xpedition tool suite

  • Assist client in schematic creation based on electrical requirements.

  • Initiate, design, develop, implement, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems for implementing and integrating engineering solutions.

  • Produce designs and product definition of complex circuits.

  • Resolve product requirements based on client needs.

  • Plan, lay out, draw, and revise detailed part, assembly, and installation engineering drawings from basic layouts, established references, and standard data in a field of specialization.

  • Complete details of major layout drawings prepared by others in accordance with standard engineering drafting practices.

  • Use CAD application software to develop electrical design concepts.

You may be interviewed and/or hired into one of two electrical CAD design engineering organizations at Sandia National Labs.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant field; or combination of related education and experience

  • Experience with electrical software for defining product definition such as schematic capture and layout (e.g.: Mentor Graphics, Altium, PADS, and Zuken)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated experience using Siemens Xpedition tool suite

  • Experience in design of printed circuit boards requiring interface definition and design for manufacturability constraints

  • Experience with printed circuit board design tools

  • Understanding of IPC and industry standards and specifications for printed circuit board design

  • Experience with PCB manufacturing techniques

  • Understanding an application of configuration management principles for change management and engineering authorization

  • Understanding of the correlation and interaction between nuclear weapon components

  • Strict adherence to the policies and procedures governing the creation and sharing of sensitive design information

  • Strong desire to be deeply involved in product development and realization

  • Understanding of manufacturing methods for electrical hardware

  • Understanding of Design for Manufacturing principles

  • Knowledge and understanding of the NW engineering systems and the NNSA product realization process

  • Strong curiosity about product design and development

  • Motivated team member who readily accepts and completes tasks in a timely fashion

  • Proven record of demonstrating initiative and getting results

  • Demonstrated successful teamwork, excellent communication skills (oral and written), and consistent demonstration of good behaviors

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a diverse team environment

About Our Team:

Electrical Design Department (2963/2964) is responsible for providing knowledgeable and capable resources to develop and create Electrical Computer Aided Design (ECAD) product definition in support of our Nation’s security programs. We partner with engineering teams across the lab to produce innovative design solutions. We communicate design options and recommended approaches to product development teams, stakeholders, and manufacturing partners. The department's unique capabilities include design capture and physical layout of Printed Circuit Boards for both the analog and digital regimes, multi-chip modules using Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Technology (LTCC), Flex and Rigid Flex Cables and Printed Circuit Boards; and, interacting with vendors to procure quick turn prototype circuit boards. We provide a positive and inclusive work environment where staff can master new skills, deliver optimal value, and achieve their career goals.

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.

Job ID: 688265

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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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