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R&D Systems Engineer - W76-1/2 Production Integration Lead (Experienced)

Pantex, TX

Job ID: 691580

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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 seeking a highly motivated and experienced R&D Systems Engineer to become part of our growing and dynamic W76-1/2 Stockpile Team. The selected candidate will leave every single day from work knowing they have played a critical part in keeping our country safe and secure. We execute design, development and qualification, and sustainment activities associated with the US Nuclear Stockpile. If this motivates you, the Production Integration Lead position for the W76-1/2, Mk4B, and ALT 939 programs, may be for you!

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

  • Be the main point of contact for Weapon Production programs (i.e.W76-1/2, W76-1/2 ALT 939, Mk4B) activity needs identified by system-level counterparts at the CNS/Pantex Plant (Pantex).

  • Improve/Create Product Specification and Specific Use Specification documents, as needed.

  • Collaborate with Pantex, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lockheed Martin counterparts on improvements to Pantex procedures.

  • Support inter-site logistics planning and actions to ensure Pantex is driving the Weapon System results.

  • Provide status briefings to National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and DOD partners, as needed, and during management reviews.

  • Monitor and support components and hardware being shipped to Pantex in support of Pantex production.

  • Team with counterparts at LANL to ensure high-production readiness levels and effective problem solving.

  • Coordinate with Systems Surveillance with respect to hardware provisioning in support of the weapon system state of health monitoring.

  • Update SNL management on production and First Production Unit status.

  • Support ongoing production and support resolving technical issues as they occur.

  • Provide system expertise and engineering authorizations to minimize impact of production interruptions at Pantex.

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

Qualifications We Require:

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

  • Active DOE Q clearance (or DOD equivalent).

  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Two (2) years of demonstrated leadership experience, with strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to continuously improve and learn.

  • Deep understanding of nuclear explosive safety as it pertains to safety basis at PX and how SNL provides support.

  • A desire to help internal and external team members improve and be successful.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with Production Agencies external to Sandia and preferably Pantex.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with Design Agencies external to Sandia; LANL and Lockheed Martin.

  • Demonstrated dedication to one or more ND technical mission areas.

  • Experience with ND programs, processes, customer, and support organizations.

  • Experience with production processes and high consequence systems integration.

  • Experience in assembly processing and product testing.

  • Experience with design definition (AY, ML, RD, SS, etc.) protocol and processes (EA, RD/DR, etc.).

About Our Team:

Department 7226 is strongly integrated with the W76-1 and W76-2 Systems (Department 7222) as it relates to ongoing development work. Collaborative activities related to development and qualification of the JTA3, Mk4B, and ALT 939 ISA development programs are managed by Department 7226.

Department 7226 leads technical basis activities including planning and execution of qualification activities including subsystem and full system testing and modeling & simulation. In addition, this department manages and leads the development of testers and operational activities for hardware management and engineering leadership for all test body assembly & disassembly activities. Additionally, this department is the primary interface with test and computational simulation organizations to manage schedule and budget associated with 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: 691580

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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