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R&D Electrical Engineer - Arming and Firing Systems (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693568

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated R&D S&E Electrical Engineer to join our dynamic team and develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

In this role, you will provide technical expertise for a wide variety of projects involving the design of specialized firing systems, diagnostics and associated electromechanical systems as well as developing and researching firing system disablement techniques and technologies.

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

  • Plan, conceive, conduct, and manage research and development for Sandia’s sponsors in best-in-class lab facilities.

  • Use engineering principles to research, design, or develop, instruments, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies: to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design.

  • Work in a field setting supporting and leading electronic and explosive testing.

  • Provide expertise, support, and lead field/lab activities with the purpose of educating and training mission partners on electronics, high voltage, arming and firing technologies, design techniques, and disablement methodologies.

  • Collaborate with our partners to implement current techniques and develop innovative ways to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.

  • Demonstrate the ability to team across disciplines.

    This position will require travel approximately 20% of the time.

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

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, plus five (5) years of relevant experience. Or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, plus one (1) year of experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with some of the following:

  • Electronic design and simulation.

  • High voltage firing systems and pulsed power design.

  • Project management, to include defining requirements, planning, scheduling, and budget.

  • Demonstrated leaderships skills and the ability to lead a team.

  • Working directly with customers, government agencies, and/or military personnel to deliver product(s).

  • Field testing to include electrical, mechanical, and/or explosive operations.

  • Usage of multimeters oscilloscopes, power analyzers, data acquisition/control software, etc.

  • Electronic troubleshooting.

  • Strong written and verbal skills and, detail oriented.

  • Proposal writing.

  • Knowledge of nuclear weapon design principles and concepts.

  • Active DOE Q clearance or equivalent

About Our Team:

The Arming and Firing Systems Department, 6635, serves the nation's need for innovation, research, design, development, maintenance and testing of arming and firing (A&F) systems. The department provides innovative design and development of specialized firing systems and associated electro-mechanical devices, provides specialized training including IED/IND/WMD render-safe, disable, and responder technologies, also provides arming and firing systems and training for nuclear and non-nuclear response forces. In doing so, we collaborate with multiple Sandia departments to ensure continued innovation and success to serve customers from DOE/NNSA, DoD, DOJ, DHS, and other government agencies.

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.

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.

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.

Job ID: 693568

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
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