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Sandia National Laboratories Spray Research Support Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about research related to thermal spray technologies? We are seeking hardworking research laboratory support technologist. Join our team and you'll have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups externally and internally at Sandia to contribute to new research opportunities and projects. You will be called upon to help support mission critical sprays for other Nuclear Security Enterprise agencies.On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan and perform mission critical sprays, while documenting and reporting critical parameters

  • Plan and perform experiments

  • Collected and analyze data from experiments

  • Install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain laboratory equipment and diagnostic tools.

  • Contribute to the design necessary to support projects or experiments

  • Support multiple thermal spray processes that use robotic systems

  • Perform materials characterization

  • Able to work with secure materials


  • Bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or the equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Proven experience with hand, power, and/or machine tools

  • Experience in the servicing/repair/development of a complex system(s) (electrical, mechanical, electro-mechanical, pressure, and vacuum)

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Experience in thermal spray technologies, such as Flame Spraying and Twin Wire Arc Spraying

  • Experience working with powder materials (metals, ceramics, refractories)

  • Experience working in environments that are high consequence and/or require wearing PPE

  • Ability to operate robotics or motion systems

  • Experience in implementing quality principles and standards, utilizing Work Process & Controls

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Highly self-motivated, adaptable to change, effective collaborator in high-stress situations

  • Ability to perform logistical management

  • Ability to coordinate, record, and analyze data including detailing the data through report writing

  • A documented history of developing new skills and growing expertise

  • Experience using Office Products (i.e. Word, Excel)

    Department Description:

The Spray Research Technologies Department Mission is to provide Subject Matter expertise to the Laboratories in Thermal Spray technologies.We conduct research on the structure, processing, and properties of materials to improve the performance of coatings produced by 1) Plasma Spraying (Air and Controlled Atmosphere), 2) Twin Wire Arc Spraying, 3) Flame Spraying, 4) Cold Spraying and 5) Aerosol Deposition. We routinely support Sandia's engineers to tackle a range of materials selection, component design, component fabrication, coating process development, and process challenges by applying our fundamental materials science, physics, and chemistry expertise. Our Staff supports a variety of highly visible national security programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative, innovative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions. The R&D work conducted within 1834 is part of the broader 1800 capability to deliver materials solutions to challenging mission problems.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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.