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W87-1 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) PRT Lead (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691869

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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:

Envisioning your future as a Sandian

The W87-1 Modification Program at Sandia National Laboratories is working with the NNSA, U.S. Air Force and other national labs to develop a ground-based strategic warhead that improves on the safety and security elements of legacy weapons in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. This program is a critical element in our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy.

Join our dedicated team

Working on the W87-1, you’ll be part of an outstanding team that takes its national security mission to heart, helping make decisions that lay the foundation for a high-visibility, high-impact nuclear weapon modernization program. You’ll work in state-of-the-art facilities with talented people across the Nuclear Security Enterprise, addressing interesting challenges at every stage of design and development, and making lasting relationships that will continue throughout your career.

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 JTA Product Realization Team (PRT) Lead to join the W87-1 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) and Trainer Engineering Team in 2365. Along with fellow engineers, this role also involves engaging and collaborating regularly with personnel across multiple Sandia organizations, as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense (DOD) organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to grow your career in all areas of system engineering by working on a variety of projects and tasks to align with your interests and specializations. This position is located at our Albuquerque, NM location.

On any given day, as a JTA PRT Lead, you will:

  • Brief PRT progress, deliverables, and challenges to SNL Management, NNSA, and USAF.

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams in solving high-profile technical challenges .

  • Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute complex system level environmental and functional tests.

  • Perform system design, troubleshooting, and anomaly resolution.

  • Analyze test data and system performance against design requirements.

  • Critical thinking skills are applied to design JTA systems to integrate components developed in other Orgs into the JTA system designs.

  • Collaborate with various systems teams to perform system integration tasks and work towards issue resolution and risk reduction.

  • Author documents, procedures, and requirements for subsystem and system-level deliverables .

  • Interact with partner organizations within Sandia and across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

  • Support JTA build procedures and processes at SNL, PX, and USAF.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position (up to 25%).

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a relevant STEM field; OR Master’s degree in stated field, plus one (1) year of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.

  • Active DOE Q-Level security clearance (or DOD equivalent).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in a weapon system or related department with knowledge of ND Product Realization.

  • Background and understanding of nuclear weapons across the lifecycle, familiarity with processes within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), and experience in working with the NNSA production agencies.

  • Demonstrated team experience: effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution.

  • Experience with systems engineering development tools, techniques, and management.

  • Proven project management skills.

  • Demonstrated experience effectively networking and partnering with organizations.

  • Attention to detail and ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.

  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling.

About Our Team:

The Weapon Systems Engineering Centers (across CA and NM) perform system engineering and systems management for the stewardship of developed nuclear weapons and associated nuclear weapon capabilities. We ensure the safety, security, and reliability of weapons throughout their lifecycle and the development and maintenance of competency through advanced development of new technologies are an essential part of center activities. Department 2365 is responsible for W87-1 product realization for the JTA10, JTA11, Type 3 and Type 5 Trainers.

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: 691869

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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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