9 days old

Instrumentation Test Operations Engineer

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated E&O Test Operations Engineer to support our data acquisition and instrumentation efforts in the Instrumentation and Explosive Sciences Department. You will work with an innovative team of technologists and engineers on a variety of measurement tasks in support of destructiveand complex mechanical testing in Tech Area III and other remote locations. Testing includes rocket sled track, cable pull-down, explosive blasts, guided gravity drops, and combined-environments centrifuge tests at Sandia’s unique test facilities. You should enjoy working in a testing environment and have strong tactical planning and communications skills.

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

+ Lead a skilled team of technologists in daily tasking and operational activities.

+ Work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and business professionals to coordinate and plan instrumentation needs for diverse projects.

+ Ensure instrumentation plan meets both safety and performance requirements for test facility

+ Assist with test setup and troubleshooting in both indoor and outdoor test facilities.

To learn more about the work we do, please visit https://photometrics.web.sandia.gov/photometrics/videos (internal candidates) or http://tiny.sandia.gov/9xyzi (all candidates).

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field and five years of relevant experience with two years in a testing environment

+ Experience with collection and/or analysis of signals from transducers, such as force, pressure, acceleration, strain, timing, and/or temperature sensors

+ An active DOE Q level security clearance is required to start

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Knowledge of instrumentation and data acquisition

+ Ability to discover and articulate customer requirements

+ Experience planning and executing technical projects

+ Experience partnering with business personnel for planning and reporting

+ Experience in troubleshooting and diagnosis of instrumentation equipment

+ Experience with signal processing, data analysis, or data manipulation, in software languages such as MATLAB, Python, LabVIEW, and C+

+ + Ability to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment

+ Experience managing interfaces, requirements, and integrated testing

About Our Team:

Measurement and Explosive Science - is responsible for collecting and analyzing instrumentation data products that are delivered to ND customers for tests carried out at locations including sled tracks, aerial cable, mechanical shock, and drop towers. We specialize in instrumentation and data collection for testing that ranges from small to large scale. Our assets include miniature, on board data acquisition systems and large, blast hardened mobile instrumentation trailers. We maintain explosive operations expertise to implement explosives in tests, ranging from small components such as explosive cable cutters for test object release to rocket motors to propel test objects on sled tracks. We are responsible for acquiring new explosives (bulk, rocket motors, components) and managing the explosive lifecycle to ensure safety and performance. We develop and maintain high reliability firing systems to initiate the explosives, ensuring both safety and performance.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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: 683223



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-06-10

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