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Security Systems & RF Communications Technologist (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691485

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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 your work and want to use innovative facilities to explore solutions? If so, you could be the highly motivated Electronic Security System (ESS) Radio-frequency (RF) Technologist we seek to join our Technical Security Systems (TSS) Department! As an ESS RF technologist, you will work closely with the other members of the department by joining a high functioning team within the TSS department. Our team consists of a Field Operations, System Administration and Networking Technicians lead by Physical Security Specialists and Systems Engineers supporting the design, installation, maintenance and operations of the on-site security systems and surveillance hardware.

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

  • Troubleshoot circuits used in RF transmission independently and with site engineers.

  • Work with a range of RF communication devices including antennas, power supplies, amplifiers, two-way radios, satellite systems, and network access points.

  • Be responsible for installation, maintenance, and repair of electronic security equipment.

  • Complete installation and service of existing equipment.

  • Work both in the field and Security Operations Center (central communications hub of the security systems.).

  • Receive trouble calls, program security system, maintain network connectivity and monitor system status.

The successful candidate will be required to work outdoors.Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • High School diploma plus three (3) or more years’ in directly related experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Experience with RF Communication Devices, Intrusion Detection and Access Control System platforms.

  • Experience in one or more of the following:

  • Video surveillance systems to include software and hardware.

  • Computer networks and associated computing device installation, service and troubleshooting.

  • Conducting security system programming.

  • Wiring and configuring low voltage systems.

  • Customer Service Experience.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Associates degree or higher in electronics, engineering, computer science or information technology fields.

  • Experience and knowledge in basic electronics and low voltage electronic circuits; as well as identifying scope and existing conditions of sites to verify and document electrical, communication and system requirement and/or deficiencies related to the proposed systems.

  • Experience in providing Tier 1 and Tier 2 technical support, troubleshooting and diagnostics on Electronic Security and infrastructure systems to field and end user support staff.

  • Maintenance and/or installation experience on federal installations.

  • Knowledge of Cybersecurity or information security policies.

  • Ability to conduct laboratory experiments and acquire performance data.

  • Project management experience as well as time management and prioritizing skills.

  • Ability to work independently on assignments which support organizational and Sandia projects, programs, and business operations.

  • Experience with problem solving, attention to details, and critical thinking with minimal guidance can be demonstrated.

  • Ability to successfully interact with internal and external customers and suppliers at all levels within an organization.

  • Self-motivated and can work in a high-performing team environment with diverse group dynamics.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills.

  • Experience or certified in National Electrical Code (NEC).

  • Active DOE L-level security clearance to start; or equivalent such as DOE Q, SCI, or DOD Top Secret.

About Our Team:

The Technical Security Systems (TSS) department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) provides a secure, robust, and sustainable electronic security system in support of Sandia's critical missions. The department is responsible for sustaining this security system at an acceptable level that meets Department of Energy (DOE) requirements. This is achieved by implementing high level standards and configuration control to the security systems followed by structured, preventive, and corrective maintenance processes. The TSS department interfaces and integrates with other departments within the Safeguards and Security Center which include Physical Security, Personnel Security, and the Protective Force. In addition to supporting the electronic security systems at SNL-NM, TSS provides program and technical support to several remote sites within the US.

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.

Salary Range:

$56,100 - $107,800

*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.

Job ID: 691485

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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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