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Sandia National Laboratories Test Operations Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an experienced Integrated Circuit (IC) Test Operations Engineer to develop application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) test programs and required hardware (load boards, for example) for validation of development and production ASICs.

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

  • Develop test programs that exercise the ASICs based on input from design engineers.
  • Design hardware for testing ASICs: load boards and probe cards.
  • Use Verigy 93000 and lab instrumentation (oscilloscopes, DMMs, etc.) to verify performance of the test programs.
  • Interface with design, failure analysis, burn-in, and system engineers as well as maintenance and safety personnel.


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant STEM discipline plus 5 or more years of relevant Engineering and Operations experience; or a Master's degree in the relevant STEM field plus 2 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Experience performing development and sustaining validation engineering (programming and test board design/debug) with mixed-signal or analog semiconductor device testers (Verigy 93000, Teradyne Catalyst-400, NP EXA3000 testers and Diamond X testers).
  • Programming ATE using C++ or other object oriented language.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance.


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

  • Advanced STEM degree preferred.
  • Experience with semiconductor testers such as the Verigy 93000, the NP EXA 3000, Diamond X and the Teradyne Catalyst.
  • Scripting program knowledge: Python, Perl, Unix.
  • Experience developing and implementing test plans for characterization, final test, and wafer sort testing.
  • Experience designing device interface boards, debugging and releasing devices (mostly ASICs) to production.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a complex team of designers and test engineers.
  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance.

Department Description:

Sandia's microelectronics Product Engineering department is responsible for science-based microelectronics, MEMS, and optoelectronics testing, yield improvement, and product reliability for both internal and external customers. We meet these responsibilities by developing and employing state-of-the-art functional and reliability tests and failure analysis techniques. We perform our work in a fast-paced, multi-project, team environment requiring extensive customer interaction.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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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, disability, or veteran status.