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R&D Laboratory Support Technologist - Thermal Vacuum Facility (Early/Mid-Career) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693089

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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 highly motivated R&D Laboratory Support Technologist to support the satellite thermal vacuum (TVAC) environmental test facility. The TVAC facility has a comprehensive suite of chambers which simulate the hot and cold temperatures, and high altitudes (vacuum), of a space environment, characterizing designs and assessing payload space flight survivability.

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

  • Operate multiple thermal vacuum test operations simultaneously.

  • Integrate hardware and instrumentation with facility capabilities, ensuring customer requirements are successfully achieved.

  • Handle and test critical flight hardware that supports the national security mission.

  • Maintain complex thermal vacuum chambers, including electrical, pressure, and thermal hazards, ensuring all problems are addressed safely and expeditiously.

  • Collect data used to qualify flight hardware.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associate’s degree in STEM or equivalent experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM or equivalent experience.

  • Current pressure safety training and knowledge of complex pressure/vacuum systems.

  • Experience operating Thermotron systems.

  • Experience operating thermal vacuum chambers.

  • Experience performing hazardous operations including high voltage and thermal hazards.

  • Experience operating machine shop and hand tools.

  • Experience with mechanical and electrical system including basic assembly and wiring.

  • Experience documenting work including laboratory notes and data.

  • Experience with developing and/or maintaining Work Planning and Controls including Standard Operating Procedures, Security Plans, and Checklists.

  • Experience with AVEVA InTouch HMI software, Allen Bradly Compact Logix, and/or Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).

  • Dedication to positive teaming dynamics while attaining shared objectives.

  • Strong problem-solving skills, and a willingness to submit work for extensive review.

  • History of being proactive and following through on assignments while producing consistent, high- quality work.

  • Ability to collaborate in diverse team environments, engineers and technologists, to address test facility needs.

  • Active DOE L or Q clearance, or DoD equivalent.

About Our Team:

We perform key test and post-delivery activities with a focus on the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System’s (USNDS) Global Burst Detector (GBD) Space Segment. GBD payloads have a long association with Global Positioning System (GPS) host satellites and contribute to a diverse national capability for the detection of nuclear detonation.

We lead the integration and test (I&T) of GBD hardware in Albuquerque and support the payload I&T at satellite vehicle factories and launch sites. Our space¿ight function is conducted in unison with ground systems engineering and the mission user community. The department sta¿s and manages one of the major satellite environmental test facilities: TVAC. The Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) Facility has a comprehensive suite of chambers that simulate the temperatures, and high altitudes, of a space environment, characterizing designs and assessing payload space ¿ight survivability.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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: 693089

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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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