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R&D Electrical Engineer - Ferro-Electric Neutron Generator Process Engineer (Experienced) ONSITE

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691899

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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:

Are you passionate about manufacturing and want to explore state-of-the-art solutions? If so, you could be the highly motivated R&D Process Engineer within the Ferro-Electric Neutron Generator (FENG) and Electronic Neutron Generator (ELNG) Value Stream to enable and sustain the entire manufacturing life cycle. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to leverage their technical expertise in a dynamic manufacturing environment with challenging product design requirements, stringent quality standards and state of the art manufacturing processes.

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

  • Participate in the product realization process (design through delivery); including early engagement in the development phase to define, validate, and clarify requirements for testers and equipment for use in nuclear weapon systems.

  • Lead the identification, development and qualification of production processes in meeting nuclear weapon system requirements.

  • Lead efforts to enhance fundamental understanding of NG requirements, defining and conducting experimental work to close knowledge gaps and improve design definition.

  • Anticipate and manage risks (i.e. process and technology development, etc.) and lead or participate in continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Lead product and manufacturing infrastructure design definitions through the product life cycle.

  • Employ quality management systems and techniques.

  • Manage multiple organizational interfaces; internally and externally.

Due to the nature of work, successful candidate must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Electromechanical Engineering or equivalent engineering field and a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, mathematics or other relevant STEM field plus 1 year of relevant experience.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Industrial Engineering.

  • Active DOE Q level security clearance

  • Experience defining testing/inspection methods and interpreting results in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience in application of the scientific method; gathering, analyzing, and presenting technical data for decision making/problem solving purposes.

  • Desire to maximize engineering expertise in the weapons product realization process, cradle to grave.

  • Strong oral, written, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in diverse team environments.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work in a fast-paced/schedule driven environment.

  • Basic knowledge of design for manufacturability (DFM), Lean/Six Sigma and continuous improvement and their application.

  • Willingness to become a certified Root Cause Analyst

About Our Team:

The Ferro-Electric Neutron Generator (FENG) and Electronic Neutron Generator (ELNG) Value Stream Department (02566) develops, qualifies, and integrates state-of-the-art technologies to realize a broad range of components and related assemblies used in the design, development, and production of neutron generators for the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). We deploy technical leadership in various engineering disciplines (e.g., mechanical, materials science, industrial, chemical and electrical) to identify, develop and mature technology solutions using demonstrated rigorous product and process realization methodologies. Our capabilities range from component assembly and fabrication, abrasive blasting/cleaning, inspection, laser welding and marking, soldering, encapsulation, final dimensioning and machining, x-ray radiography, thermal spraying, conformal coating, environmental conditioning and functional testing. Integrated planning for product realization, manufacturability, and certification of neutron generators and neutron generator-related products enables us to meet the needs of our customers and the security of the nation. We strive to achieve agility and value-added processes through continuous utilization of the Lean/Six Sigma methodology.

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: 691899

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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

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