1+ months

R&D Systems Engineer - Flight Test Engineer (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 an R&D Systems Engineer to join the W93/Mk7 program as a Flight Test System Engineer to support the initial planning and development of the W93/Mk7 flight test program! The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, mission-driven team which will partner closely with the Advanced and Exploratory flight test programs. Additional responsibilities will include:

+ Working with customers to address program needs for each of the design agencies (Sandia, Los Alamos and Lockheed Martin)

+ Interaction with HOT SHOT and Enzo programs to develop and use these programs to benefit W93/Mk7 program.

+ Logistical engagement with flight scheduling, hardware delivery and field coordination

+ Technical engagement with experts in environmental analysis, design definition and component engineering at Sandia and with our partner agencies

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

+ Acts as an interface between Sandia, Lockheed Martin and Los Alamos National Laboratory for flight test planning and integration

+ Support development of flight test design concepts, architecture, and physical layouts

+ Perform trades balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation

+ Support development and verification of flight test requirements

+ Support planning and pre-flight analysis of flight test missions

+ Support development of component- and system-level environments specifications for flight hardware

+ Develop plans for and conduct environmental testing of flight hardware and assemblies

+ Develop plans for and conduct functional testing of integrated flight electronics

+ Conduct troubleshooting of electrical / mechanical issues

+ Conduct post-flight analysis of telemetered data

+ Develop flight body assembly procedures and workflows

+ Support preparation for and execution of design reviews

+ Support various internal and external meetings (e.g., PRTs, working groups) while collaborating regularly with partners at Sandia, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Space, Applied Physics Lab, Navy Strategic Programs and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

+ Work in both technical and leadership venues

+ Travel as required

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

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering or science field plus five (5) years’ experience; or Master’s degree in a related field plus one (1) year of experience; or PhD in a related field; or thirteen (13) year's experience

+ Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects.

+ Active DOE Q (or equivalent) security clearance required to start

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience in electrical design, RF, electrical/functional testing and/or analysis.

+ Experience with Navy flight test programs.

+ Experience with telemetry system design, testing or analysis.

+ Experience in systems engineering of complex systems.

+ Experience with ND component or system design, development or production.

+ Ability to work independently and in a team environment showing initiative and leadership.

+ Motivation to work with a large integrated Systems team with broad interaction.

+ Ability to apply strong interpersonal and communications skills working on a team ranging from skilled laborers to PhD engineers/scientist.

+ Ability to plan and implement technical work.

+ Ability to prioritize competing requirements to give the best system-level outcome.

+ Ability to discover, understand and articulate constraints, options, paths-forward.

+ Commitment to operational safety, security and quality.

About Our Team:

The W93 System Integration Department has System-Level responsibility over the W93 Weapon Program. In addition, the department is responsible for establishing and building internal and external partnerships with NNSA Federal Program Managers, the US Navy, Sandia nuclear weapons component organizations, the Sandia science & technology community, the Kansas City Plant National Security Campus (NSC) and UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), and many others.

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: 683084



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-16 Expires: 2022-07-20

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