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Senior/Principal Fire Sprinkler Designer- NICET Level III - (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691472

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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:

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking to hire an experienced and highly motivated Fire Sprinkler Designer to help stand up a new In-House Design Group! This new team will provide Sandia with the internal capability to self-execute design services at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico. We are looking for a detail orientated individual to support a dynamic group of Architects and Engineers in the development, design, and construction of building and infrastructure projects!

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

  • Design and layout sprinkler systems using specialized CAD software packages that are based on the AutoCAD, Autosprink, and HAAS platform.

  • Coordinate sprinkler system piping with other building components. Perform hydraulic calculations.

  • Read and interpret construction documents, including drawings, specifications, and contracts.

  • Interpret and apply applicable NFPA standards to the design and/or layout of the sprinkler systems based on the building type, construction type, hazard classification and architectural features.

  • Gather information, perform hydraulic calculations, and prepare original layouts and sketches to present proposed designs.

  • Gather system level information in the field and incorporate the information into CADD and GIS environments.

  • Perform field inspections of completed construction to verify accuracy.

  • Partner with the Estimation department, Design Manager, and Operations Manager to review the scope sheet and requirements of each project.

  • Communicate with AHJs, contractors, and other trades.

  • Coordinate with team members for listing of required materials, permitting, and inspection requirements for fire sprinkler systems

  • Identify opportunities for cost-saving measures and quality improvement

  • Adhere to company safety policies and procedures to ensure all duties are performed in a safe and professional manner

    This position requires the willingness to travel in support of work assignments; this position resides in Albuquerque, NM but could also provide support to other Sandia National Laboratory sites (e.g., California, Hawaii, and Nevada), as needed.

    The successful candidate must be able to maintain a NICET Level III certification(s).

    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:

  • High School diploma plus 5 or more years of experience designing water-based sprinkler systems; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • NICET Level III or higher certification in water-based systems layout.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and AutoSprink.

  • Visualize 3D concepts and solves basic mathematic problems, including geometry and algebra.

  • Experience in commercial and industrial design.

  • Understanding of applicable federal laws, regulations, building and fire codes, executive orders, and DOE orders related to fire protection and highly protected risk concepts.

  • Knowledge of the independent and interdependent relationship between applicable building codes, fire codes, and national consensus codes and standards.

  • Experience using and interpreting the IBC and its referenced codes and standards (e.g., NFPA) applicable to a diverse set of operations that include hazardous, industrial, business, assembly, and storage occupancies.

  • Knowledge of the NFPA requirements associated with design and installation of fire protection systems.

  • Demonstrated experience working with architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners in the interpretation and compliance with adopted building and fire codes, regulations, and standards.

  • Analytical, reasoning, and communication skills necessary to identify and resolve fire risk problems with the mission in mind and assist in making recommendations in oral and written form.

  • Ability to specify suppression system solutions for unique hazards.

About Our Team:

This department provides architectural and design services for the division and for Sandia projects, programmatic equipment installations, and analyses for Sandia’s critical turn-around initiatives quickly and effectively which allows Facilities to increase its capacity to deliver design services with more agility.

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: 691472

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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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