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Test Operations Engineer (Experienced)

Tonopah, NV

Job ID: 688083

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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.

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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:

$88,600 - $172,300 *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 Test Operations Engineer

Tonopah Test Range seeks a Test Operations Engineer to join a multidisciplinary team that designs, develops, and executes testing various ballistic systems and equipment at a remote site and often under extreme/hazardous conditions. This activity work includes compliance and assurance testing, air-to-ground and ground-to-ground explosives asset, and explosive component testing. The ideal candidate will be expected to coordinate with the site manager and/or senior staff to develop, integrate, and execute test plans, logistics, field activities, and facilities capabilities to ensure customer requirements are met successfully. Responsibilities also include planning and coordinating/directing recovery activities of deeply buried test assets and coordinate related packaging and shipping activities. Other duties include supporting tactical day-to-day operational and technical issues to ensure all problems are expeditiously and safely resolved.

You will work with a dynamic group of field test support personnel to ensure the successful completion of the Laboratories flight test mission. Members of this team are responsible to the Range Manager for activities that ensures the Range is ready to meet all testing assignments. All team members are expected to assume numerous roles and be willing to perform an operational role during test activities. Each team member is responsible for following established range processes and procedures to ensure that all compliance requirements regarding the operation, facilities and infrastructure are met with quality. Incorporation of all corporate safety and work planning processes are inherent in this activity. Applicants must have the ability to work independently and as well as part of a team. Must be capable of and demonstrate behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values.

On any given day you may be called upon:

  • To assist the range manager, operations lead, test directors, and other key range personnel with planning, coordination, and execution of flight test events and recoveries

  • To plan, coordinate, organize projects that support testing activities to enable the range to meet the assigned test schedule

  • Prepare documentation to plan/execute work under strict work planning and controls procedures and applicable safety guidelines

  • To work with internal and external customers to ensure logistics for range sustainment, readiness, and associated test activities are properly planned in accordance with the range’s procedures and safety guidelines

  • To perform pre- and post-test duties as required to provide for ready analysis, monitor test preparations to ensure completeness, perform briefings as needed, ensure completion of post-test deliverables, and coordinate logistical and operational efforts with the O&M sub-contractor.

  • Interface with new and existing customers to understand and implement operational requirements and to tailor test preparations to support mission requirements.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or industrial operations, project management, safety, security, or other relevant discipline. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of some education credentials but is not guaranteed.

  • Ability to report as scheduled for work either directly to TTR outside of Tonopah, NV, or to a commuter vehicle in Las Vegas, NV for transport to TTR. Living in the Las Vegas metro area or near Tonopah is simplest but not required.

  • Must be willing to work a compressed 3-day schedule (14hr/14hr/12hr) or 4-day schedule (4 x 10hrs) while staying on-range during that time.

  • Minimum four (4) years of directly relevant operational experience with integrated test teams, including detailed test planning and execution procedures and processes, training materials, and operational checklists.

  • Minimum two (2) years of demonstrated experience with integrating test equipment, multi-spectrum sensors, and data capture equipment.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Direct work experience in military aviation and/or flight test operations

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in relevant or STEM field of study

  • Familiarity and/or experience with working within a test operations team in a remote/austere field working environment.

  • Experience with test support equipment and related systems

  • Knowledge of test asset recovery operations

  • Working knowledge with DOE and/or DoD safety/security procedures

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to mentor and train others on equipment and procedures as needed

  • Ability to prepare complex systems or equipment to perform tests and generate reports.

About Our Team:

Department 7235 is charged with the operation of the Tonopah Test Range. The Range team is responsible for planning and executing the Flight Test portion of the Stockpile Surveillance program. Additionally, a requirement exists to plan and execute tests in support of other Federal Agencies.

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:

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.

Job ID: 688083

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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

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