Access Existing Account/Create New Account

R&D Electrical Engineer - Industrial Control Systems (Early/Mid-Career)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691826

Apply Now

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 an electrical engineer to join our multi-disciplinary team to design, build, test, and deploy the next phases of our explosive destruction system (EDS) as well as multiple instrumentation and sensor efforts. The selected candidate will be a dedicated, high performing engineer with broad electrical expertise to join and grow with this dynamic team. The work involves integration of complex systems, developing control electronics for operational needs, unique experiments, and sensors, as well as designing custom electrical panels for control systems, and design and troubleshoot of analog and digital electronics and related embedded data systems. The team’s work involves all aspects of design, all phases of construction, testing, and deployment with full documentation for customer use.

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

  • Lead the advanced design, development, and deployment of system components

  • Design power distribution, sensor, and skid-scale industrial control systems

  • Conduct hands-on testing and troubleshooting of electrical systems

  • Perform electrical systems safety analysis and document results

  • Engage with stakeholders to define requirements, propose solutions, and resolve challenges

  • Engage with a team of engineers and scientists to resolve complex hardware & instrumentation issues

  • Travel as required to oversee contract activities, conduct testing, system deployments, and recurring upgrades for new munition findings

This position is for on-site work at our Livermore, CA site.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related STEM field

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A Professional Engineer (PE) license in electrical engineering

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering or related STEM field

  • Demonstrated ability to design power distribution, sensor, and small industrial control systems

  • Experience performing electrical systems safety analysis and documenting results

  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design

  • Experience designing and coding Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human machine interfaces (HMI), or other embedded controllers

  • Demonstrated experience with hands-on assembly, testing, and troubleshooting of electrical systems

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain comprehensive for long-term support of fielded systems

  • Ability to develop documentation of a given design and give technical presentations to peers/managers, customers or stakeholders

  • Familiarity with national electrical codes and standards, such as NFPA70 (NEC) and UL 508

About Our Team:

The Exploratory Systems Technology is accountable to stakeholders for all aspects of Design, Build, Test, and Deploy of multiple advanced systems, components, instruments, and sensors across a broad spectrum of mission portfolio(s). Our work supports national Nuclear Deterrence efforts, Global Security, Treaty Compliance Efforts, and internal National Security. The Explosive Destruction System (EDS) team has been developing systems for the US Army Recovered Chemical Materials Directorate, fielded to destroy legacy chemical warfare munitions. The department performs analysis, testing, and design. We provide the technical expertise needed to deliver and support robust, cost-effective electrical/mechanical systems. We maintain the required engineering and design staff needed to design, deliver, and support state-of-the-art integrated solutions.

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:

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.


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: 691826

Apply Now


  • 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

Life in California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California