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Sandia National Laboratories Weapon Modernization Electrical Test Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Functional Electrical Tech Basis Team is seeking a highly motivated Test Engineer to design, plan, and execute qualification testing at the B61-12 system and subassembly levels. The selected candidate supports the overall electrical testing (ELX) team in the execution of electrical-functional testing using custom test equipment. The ELX effort supports the B61-12 qualification program and the team executes test activities in close partnership with the Electrical Design, Joint Test Assembly, Requirements, Qualification, Assembly, Hardware Management, Environmental Technical Basis, and Component/Subassembly teams. The selected candidate will perform a variety of job functions to include test planning, test execution, tester qualification, and/or tester upgrades. Candidates committed to a high-quality environment and interested in making valuable contributions to an important NW program are encouraged to apply.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Design, plan, and lead the execution of complex electrical laboratory and field test activities.
  • Plan and lead laboratory technologists’ activities.
  • Develop and conduct test design and readiness reviews.
  • Work with Qualification Leads to develop and understand test requirements.
  • Ensure readiness of design, setup, and team for test execution.
  • Troubleshoot tester and hardware issues.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or STEM field and 5 years of experience.
  • Commitment to operational safety, security, and quality.
  • Clear, concise communication (written and verbal) with team members and customers.
  • Active DOE L or higher-level security clearance (DoD Secret or higher).


  • Experience in planning and leading complex electrical test activities.
  • Experience with hazardous and classified materials/hardware.
  • Proficiency with computer hardware and software.
  • Ability to work independently and in a teaming environment showing initiative and leadership.
  • Motivation to work with a large integrated Systems team with broad interaction.
  • Motivated by laboratory and field testing.
  • Experience with programming in LabVIEW.
  • Experience with NW component or system design, development, or production.
  • Experience with electrical systems and the electrical operation of NW systems.

Department Description:

The Technical Basis department is one of the departments leading the System-level effort for Weapon Modernization at Sandia National Laboratories, which focuses on the B6-12 and W80-4. This team consists of five integrated departments that lead and coordinate the overall effort at Sandia and work with design, testing, and production agency partners across the Nuclear Weapons Complex. The Technical Basis department comprises a variety of Systems Engineers responsible for the integration and development of Requirements, Quality, and System-level Qualification comprised of physical and computational evidence, Ground and Flight Qualification tests, System Electrical Testing, System Assembly/Disassembly, and hardware management. The B61-12 Technical Basis department leads these efforts working with a variety of laboratory partners throughout Sandia.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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.