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R&D Electronics Technologist (Product Development Testing and Prototyping) (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689787

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated Electronics Technologist with a diverse skillset to support the development and production of high reliability custom magnetics products to meet national security needs. Your focus will be hands-on electrical testing, prototyping, and characterization (e.g. visual, mechanical, thermal) of our custom magnetics products to understand their performance relative to functional requirements in specified field environments. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on our high-performing product development team. You will be responsible for maintaining and continuously improving all lab equipment, 6S organization, and safety practices that our team relies upon for project success. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Interface with the product development team, US-based suppliers, electrical test engineers, etc. to develop and execute test plans

  • Set up and perform specialized tests, which include high voltage testing, use of oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, and other electrical test gear

  • Process and document test results

  • Wind magnetic prototypes for development programs as well as advanced and exploratory work

  • Fabricate and assemble mechanical and electromechanical systems

  • Lead laboratory safety, laboratory ownership (e.g. equipment calibration, 6S organization), and associated documentation efforts

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associate's degree in Electronics or four years of equivalent relevant experience

  • Experience using electronics equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, and various meters)

  • Experience with fabrication including the use of hand tools

  • Ability to travel to US-based suppliers on a regular basis (10-30% yearly)

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering plus two years of relevant experience

  • Experience prototyping and testing of high reliability custom magnetic components

  • Experience working with and troubleshooting high voltage components, systems, or testers

  • Experience using LabVIEW or other instrument control language

  • Experience with lab ownership, lab safety, and/or associated documentation

  • Experience executing 6S principles

  • Experience updating, releasing, and maintaining ND product definition with configuration management

  • Ability to learn new technical areas

  • Leadership experience

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance

  • A strong commitment to safety, security, quality, and program success

About Our Team:

The High Reliability Custom Technologies department designs and develops custom capacitors and magnetics (transformers of various types, inductors, solenoid coils, etc.) for nuclear weapons and other national security applications. The department covers the complete product realization cycle including requirements, design, development, specification, qualification, procurement, delivery, and stockpile support. We work closely with our partners at the Kansas City National Security Campus, the Sandia External Production program, and our suppliers to realize product. We support our customers by providing innovative designs, production techniques, and hardware for new programs while continuing the development, production, and surveillance of current and legacy components. We are advancing new technologies for next generation product insertion opportunities. Defect-prevention strategies are engrained in our work and design margins are quantified. There are multiple challenging requirements related to meeting high reliability numbers over extremely long life, radiation tolerance, nuclear safety requirements, and size and weight restrictions. Our labs are well equipped and have the capabilities to do specialized testing.

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: 689787

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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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