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Systems Engineer (Experienced) - Knoxville, TN "Onsite"

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Job ID: 689974

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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 an experienced Systems Engineer to join our multi-disciplinary team in Knoxville, TN. The successful applicant will have experience in many different areas of engineering to address system level challenges throughout the life cycle of a project; design, research, testing, development, and implementation. Join us in Knoxville to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

During the design process the selected applicant would be responsible for handling customer requirements and deriving them into functional and operational requirements. Our team is also responsible for selecting commercial productions for procurement or researching and developing solutions that meet specifications and customer requirements.

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

  • Build system or sub-system test plans that are traced to requirements for system testing.

  • Implement the requirements through design definition activities, such as design reports, engineering drawings, and specifications.

  • Implement test plans either in laboratory, test field, or implementation site.

  • Complete activities related to system level design, engineering, and testing.

  • Design, conduct and document tests, experiments, and results to evaluate sensor technologies/system performance.

  • Apply systematic scientific methods to evaluate commercial technologies to determine their ability to meet sponsor performance requirements.

  • Present at technical design reviews.

  • Interact regularly with internal and external customers from a variety of technical and professional areas.

  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams.

This position will require up to 25% travel.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite at the Y12 Nuclear Complex in Oak Ridge, TN.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related STEM field, plus five (5) years relevant experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with the following is desired:

  • Communicating major elements of design, engineering, maintenance, processes, or policies.

  • Physical security system Design, Testing, and Engineering.

  • Project planning and project management.

  • Intrusion detection.

  • Working with AE design firms PE desired but not required.

  • Creating and interpreting Civil and Structural IFC Construction Drawings, Work Packages, and Inspection Test Plans.

  • Managing Subcontract construction work to ensure compliance with drawings, specifications, and industry standards.

  • Quality Assurance and Construction Quality Control, especially at a DOE or NNSA facility.

  • Construction Surveying Layout and CADD drafting concepts.

  • Oversight of structural steel installations per applicable standards such as AISC, AWS, RCSC, and Applicable ASTM codes.

  • Oversight of concrete installations per applicable standards such as ACI & CRSI.

  • Hydraulics and implementing storm water designs.

  • Strong Project management experience, preferably a PMI certification.

  • Ability analyze and breakdown systems in manageable and discrete parts for better understanding and troubleshooting.

  • Willing to work in an environment that is highly collaborative.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in and lead multi-functional teams to support customers with shifting and evolving requirements and due dates.

  • Process a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, detail oriented and strong written and verbal skills.

  • Ability to excel within a fast-paced dynamic environment.

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Familiarity and understanding with construction methods, materials, and quality are aligned with standards such as IBC, ACI, AISC, OSHA, DOE 413, DOE NQA-1, NFPA 101.

  • Ability to collaborate efficiently with DOE Clients, Project Managers, Project Engineer, Surveyors, Superintendents, and Craft General Foremen to execute construction deliverables.

  • Provide verification of work in progress to ensure requirements of safety, site security, quality, environmental control, and schedule are met.

  • Provide technical support in all phases of construction formation, subcontracts oversight, permitting, project execution, testing/inspection, and project closeout.

  • Prepares/approves purchase requisitions for construction materials, rental equipment, tools, and subcontractor services.

  • Ability to facilitate Installation Field Change Requests and documenting design change.

  • Participates in Constructability Teams as the Civil/Structural Field Representative.

  • TDEC TN Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Lvl 1 certificate.

  • Active DOE Q-level or DOD equivalent security clearance.

About Our Team:

Department 6529's primary mission is to provide enhanced security systems integration and support to DOE and NNSA sites and their customers. complexes. We are responsible for the design, testing and implementation of complex physical security systems to protect critical national security assets and defense capabilities. The department provides project management and subject matter experts for risk analysis, intrusion detection, video assessment, communications, entry control, alarm communication and display, and response force planning. These subject matter experts are developed internally with extensive hands-on training and external educational opportunities.

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: 689974

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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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