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Senior/Principal Electrical Test Engineer- Production & Surveillance Testing (ONSITE)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691911

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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:


As part of our dedicated and knowledgeable Power Sources Production team within the PSTG, you’ll find a workplace that offers great opportunities to learn, gain visibility, and grow your career. Power Sources Production is responsible for product support and internal manufacturing capabilities for the development and production of power source components, which includes thermal battery and lithium primary packs. We innovate and deliver solutions for nuclear weapons in the design and development phases and products in full-scale production. Additionally, we maintain power source manufacturing capabilities, mitigate risk within the supply chain, assist with material planning, maintain production storage, and assist qualification activities. As part of our collaborative environment, we look out for each other and provide a support system to help everyone succeed. This includes giving our people decision-making authority and the funding to make things happen, as well as offering an outstanding benefits package to help our staff achieve a healthy balance between work and life.

This is an extraordinary unique opportunity at Sandia unlike any other place to gain experience for a national and international priority. Why not join us? We want you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team and make an impact on the nation and the world! We are seeking a highly motivated Electrical Test Engineer team member to join our team . Our organization has extensive mission experience and technical knowledge, and we are looking to grow our team with engineers that have a broad range of skill sets and want to learn about weapon systems and obtain new skills. This position is located at our Albuquerque, NM location.

As an Electrical Test Engineer, you will:

Product Acceptance Test Design:

  • Take ownership of designing and supporting product acceptance testers, which may include custom-designed and commercial equipment.

  • Work in laboratory environment to develop electronic systems and instrumentation setups.

  • Create automated data collection systems to enhance testing efficiency.

    Power Source Research:

  • Contribute to experimental laboratory research and testing of different types of power sourced for Weapons purposes.

    Data Analysis:

  • Perform data analysis and post-test processing using tools like MATLAB or other available software.

  • Generate reports summarizing findings and results for team members and project partners.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time .

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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a relevant STEM field plus five years of relevant experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q and other caveats or equivalent clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields

  • Proven experience with hardware and software automated test equipment

  • Experience working with custom-built test systems (design, fabrication, certification, troubleshooting)

  • Experience with COTS battery testers (i.e. Maccor, Arbin)

  • Experience with modeling and simulation of analog electronic circuits (SPICE)

  • Experience with data analysis tools such as MATLAB or JMP.

  • Experience with automated test equipment (ATE)

  • Experience programming for National Instruments hardware, Test-Stand or LabVIEW

  • Experience with NNSA complex product acceptance tester qualification process

  • Experience with software development in Visual Studio

  • Experience with drawing repositories such as Sandia's PRIME and PDMLink

  • Strong analytical, diagnostics and problem-solving skills

About Our Team:

Envisioning your future as a Sandian

Many careers offer challenge and growth. But when you join the Power Sources Technology Group (PSTG) at Sandia National Laboratories, you’ll have the rare opportunity to elevate your impact. As part of this group, team members play a critical role in our nation’s strategy that develops, delivers, and assures the performance of power source components for nuclear weapons and innovative solutions for other national security challenges. The PSTG utilizes the latest scientific and engineering technologies to research, design, develop, and produce power sources used for NNSA, DoD, DOE, NASA, and commercial applications. A key of this organization is to advance power source technologies to meet both current and future energy needs.

The PSTG provides research, engineering design/development, and production of thermal batteries, thermoelectrics, lithium primary and secondary batteries, novel battery chemistries, component and materials surveillance, and battery abuse testing research. Power source technology is a growth area both within the Nuclear Deterrence program and Energy and Geosciences program.

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: 691911

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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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