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

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691449

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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:

We are currently looking for an energetic Mechanical Engineer (job title: Systems Engineer) to join our team as a test lead supporting the Enhanced Capability Shipping Configuration (ECSC) team. This opening provides an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual with an engineering background to utilize their skills to assist the System Environmental Qualification Test Team in the planning and execution of tests supporting the W80-4 LEP Weapon Modernization Program.

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

  • Conduct testing in support of design qualification.

  • Coordinate with the Qualification team to ensure tests are designed to gather all data needs.

  • Work with test facilities to coordinate test needs and negotiate priorities.

  • Partner with the Functional Electrical Test (FET) team to gather necessary functional data during and after environments.

  • Troubleshoot and document test anomalies.

  • Contribute to integration activities with other systems engineers and product realization teams.

  • Prepare for technical reviews.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar field plus (5) or more years’ related experience; or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar field plus (2) or more years related experience; or equivalent related experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25%

  • Active U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, or equivalent DOD Top Secret level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong communication skills (especially technical writing skills) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team-focused environment

  • Experience with Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence mission

  • Experience with Sandia’s environmental test facilities in TA I, TA III, and/or TA IV

  • Experience with data analysis tools and techniques

  • Experience writing technical requirements and reports

  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines

About Our Team:

Department 08261, System Environmental Qualification Testing, is responsible for partnering with the system design team, hardware management and assembly, and the various engineering science test facilities to perform the normal and abnormal environmental tests required for W80-4 system qualification.

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: 691449

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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

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