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Systems Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691842

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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:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, Systems Engineering to join our team in a cross-cutting leadership role for all normal environment test engineers in the department. This opening provides an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual with an engineering background to utilize their skills to assist the System Environmental Qualification Test Team in the planning and execution of tests supporting the W80-4 LEP Weapon Modernization Program.

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

  • Serve as the primary technical liaison between system design teams, Qualification, Joint Test Assembly, Joint Test Team, Functional Electrical Test and System Surety Engineering to ensure efficient planning and execution of technical basis tests in support of modernization programs

  • Provide peer review and oversight to test leads as they formulate their test plans, design instrumentation and test setups

  • Represent the W80-4 in prioritization for necessary future investments and potential advancements in testing capabilities by Engineering Science partner organizations

  • Ensure consistency in knowledge transfer and information flow between the System Core Team and the Test Team

  • Energize process improvements or innovations to increase efficiency in communications across multiple sites

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:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar field plus 6 or more years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience with Sandia's Nuclear Deterrance mission in the area of System Qualification, Environmental Testing, and/or Functional Electrical Testing

  • Demonstrated experience with process innovation

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated acuity for mentoring earlier career engineers

  • Strong communication skills (especially technical writing skills) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team-focused environment

  • Experience with Sandia’s environmental test facilities in TA I, TA III, and TA IV

  • Experience writing technical requirements and reports

  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines

About Our Team:

Department 08261, System Environmental Qualification Testing, is responsible for partnering with the system design team, hardware management and assembly, and the various engineering science test facilities to perform the normal and abnormal environmental tests required for W80-4 system qualification.

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:

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.

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: 691842

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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

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