1+ months

LAZAP Computer Software and Electromechanical Technologist (Experienced)

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 dedicated R&D Technologist with experience in computer software and electronics! The LAZAP facility has a 50 plus year history of supporting the calibration and functional testing of optical satellite payloads for the U.S. Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS). The testing is accomplished by directing a high-powered laser from a beam director to a target in space. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

+ Participate in LAZAP missions and operate several positions (e.g., telescope operator)

+ Develop and maintain software, including documentation and diagrams

+ Build and maintain electronics and electromechanical equipment

+ Implement a nighttime mission or one that straddles a weekend

+ Maintain a strong safety theme and work within the defined safety envelope

A virtual tour of the facility may be viewed at the following link: http://tours.sandia.gov/lazap_info.html.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Associate's degree in engineering or science or four (4) years' experience

+ Experience with designing, developing, building, installing, and maintaining software

+ Experience developing, maintaining, and troubleshooting electronic apparatus and equipment

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Software development with one or more of the following: Microsoft C# and Visual Basic; SQL database; embedded microcontroller programming

+ Electronic and electromechanical experience, including work with electronic circuits, and the maintenance and troubleshooting of instrumentation and complex cables

+ Experience with lasers, optics, video systems, and/or telescopes

+ Basic qualifications with laboratory-level machine shop tools (e.g., mill, drill, lathe)

+ Drawing experience for documentation such as Microsoft Visio, AutoCAD, Solid Works

+ Experience with material sourcing, selection, and procurement

+ Experience with high consequence safety themes and associated safety controls

+ Active DOE L or Q clearance, or equivalent DoD S or TS clearance

+ A strong dedication to positive teaming dynamics while attaining shared objectives, strong written and verbal skills, and detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service

+ Strong problem-solving skills and ability to prioritize and balance competing activities and manage ambiguity

+ Ability to be proactive and follow through on assignments

About Our Team:

We perform key test and post-delivery activities with a focus on the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System’s (USNDS) Global Burst Detector (GBD) Space Segment. GBD payloads have a long association with Global Positioning System (GPS) host satellites and contribute to a diverse national capability for the detection of nuclear detonation. We lead the I&T of GBD hardware in Albuquerque and support the payload I&T at satellite vehicle factories and launch sites. Once launched, we support early orbit turn-on and the checkout of our payload sensors. We have a team of analysts that conduct state-of-health and performance monitoring, development of commanding, and triage/investigation/resolution of anomalies for the 24+ on-orbit satellite constellation. Our spaceflight function is conducted in unison with ground systems engineering and the mission user community. The department staffs and manages two satellite environmental test facilities: TVAC and LAZAP. The Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) Facility has a comprehensive suite of chambers that simulate the temperatures, and high altitudes, of a space environment, characterizing designs and assessing payload space flight survivability. The Laser Applications (LAZAP) Facility is used to propagate visible high-powered lasers through the atmosphere with a large aperture beam director, testing optical sensor mission readiness on earth orbiting satellites.

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:

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: 682919



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-02 Expires: 2022-07-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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