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R&D Systems Engineer - Defect Prevention/Reliability (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688847

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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:

$101,400 - $201,400 *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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Defect Prevention/Reliability Department is seeking an R&D Systems Engineer to provide engineering and defect prevention expertise to MESA’s high reliability microelectronics programs including: Application Specific Integrated Circuits, Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors, and Electrical Environmental Sensing Devices.

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

  • Provide engineering and defect prevention expertise to product realization teams and manufacturing process areas such as wafer fabrication, packaging, electrical test, burn-in, and product delivery for high reliability microelectronics programs.

  • Ensure that electronic products are crafted and manufactured in accordance with product definition and regulatory standards.

  • Partner with our customers and internal staff to define and implement plans to verify that MESA’s microelectronics function as required in next assembly systems.

  • Maintain and implement systems to ensure that all customer, product, and regulatory requirements are fulfilled for every product.

  • Use statistical process control charting to understand process variances to apply a solution.

  • Identify potential system/process shortcomings and issues, and championing system/process improvements.

  • Understand the nature of system problems; leads anomaly resolution teams through root cause analysis, solution options, and the trade space to evaluate the efficacy of those options; and may lead customers and partners through this process.

  • Evaluate systems, processes, and process results to find opportunities for improvement and then drive improvement actions.

  • Ensure accurate verification & validation of requirements.

  • Collect and document lessons learned during production

This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in STEM or other technical field plus four (4) or more years’ experience or;

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM or other technical field plus eight (8) years’ experience

  • Expertise with one or more of the following standards:

  • ISO-9001:2015

  • AS-9100:2016

  • NAP-401.1

  • Active DOE Q or TS clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Industrial Engineering

  • Engineering experience in microelectronics design, manufacturing, and/or qualification

  • Expertise leading process improvement activities

  • Experience with SNL NW Product Realization processes and NNSA NW product acceptance processes

  • ASQ certification as a Quality Engineer or Quality Auditor

  • Experience leading anomaly resolution as causal analyst using Blue Dragon software

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification

  • Experience working on a system or component qualification team

  • Experience applying continuous improvement

  • Demonstrated ability to work on challenging engineering problems in a fast-paced collaborative team environment that requires extensive cross-organizational and multi-disciplinary teaming

  • Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Visio, and Excel

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and present ideas and results in oral and written form

  • Ability to synthesize and distill complex problems into succinct, audience-appropriate information

About Our Team:

The Defect Prevention / Reliability department provides support for and advocacy of engineering standard methodologies that manage cost and time effective product realization for MESA's microelectronic and electronic products using a layered, defect prevention strategy and lean six sigma tools. The defect prevention strategy is used to detect and remove defects at every phase of product realization. The lean six sigma tools are used to remove complexity from existing processes, a major source of defect generation, as well as waste.

During product design, development, and qualification we use a detailed framework to lead requirements and configuration documentation, ensure the team's project plan includes activities and work needed for final product acceptance, verify and validate the robustness of the design, assembly, and test processes to meet requirements and customer expectations, and optimize the transition of the design to production.

Throughout product manufacturing and production, we collaborate with process owners, supplier quality engineers, and product acceptance inspectors to provide verification and documented evidence that the product and critical manufacturing processes meet the design intent and to minimize the costs of nonconformance (scrap, rework, etc.)

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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: 688847

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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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