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W80-4 Environments Lead Systems Engineer (Mid-Career/Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 688360

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$116,600 - $229,500 *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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a hardworking Systems Engineer to join the W80-4 warhead Life Extension Program (LEP), for the Environments Lead role! This role is demanding, highly visible, and requires collaboration with a significant number of partners and Product Realization Teams (PRT) across the nuclear weapons complex as well as other NNSA sites. Strong critical thinking skills and effective communication skills are essential.

This role oversees a team of engineers that will work on different environmental requirements such as thermal, vibration, shock, EM, and other environments. The Lead regularly collaborates with other Sandia NM and Sandia CA organizations in supporting the program’s needs in terms of modeling/simulation, environmental test needs, and electrical and mechanical environments definition. This position is also directly involved in all aspects of the environmental specification management including testing, qualification and verification of requirements.

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

  • Interpret and derive Stockpile to Sequence (STS) requirements for system and component requirements

  • Negotiate, derive, and interpret shared requirements with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

  • Collaborate with modeling and simulation organizations for model optimization and test performance prediction

  • Coordinate management of test specification documents

  • Analyze test data and provide technical basis for qualification activities

  • Prepare for and present to diverse audiences at technical design reviews and programmatic meetings

  • Attend technical meetings with the mechanical, electrical and qualification teams

  • Lead other team members in providing accurate, complete, testable data.

  • Assist in integration activities with various teams and PRTs

  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams such as the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), LLNL, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite at either the NM or CA campus locations 100% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field plus 8 or more years of related experience; or Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Industrial Engineering plus 4 or more years of related experience; or equivalent related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development

  • Experience working on nuclear weapons design, qualification, production, or related projects

  • Ability and willingness to travel a few times a year

  • Active DoE Q-level clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience writing requirements for either Joint Test Assemblies or other nuclear weapon system-level designs

  • Project management experience

  • Modeling experience

  • Test article/test asset assembly experience

  • Strong communication skills, including ability to present to large and diverse audiences

  • Team focused with ability to collaborate with a variety of personalities

  • Ability and willingness to obtain special program access

  • Experience working with Earned Value Management

About Our Team:

The W80-4 System Integration Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center. The Weapon Systems Engineering Center is responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The W80-4 System Integration Departments are comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering. A major effort for this organization is the engineering design and development in support of a Life Extension Program for a nuclear warhead (W80-4). The W80-4 warhead will be deployed on the future U.S. Air Force Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that will replace the existing Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)/W80 Warhead weapon system in our nation's nuclear deterrent stockpile. This is a long term program that will require close collaboration with many different departments within Sandia as well as with organizations outside of Sandia such as LLNL, NNSA, Production Facilities, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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.

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.

Job ID: 688360

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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

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

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