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Space Payload Integration and Test Engineer - Denver, CO (Experienced)

Unidentified, New Mexico

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 experienced Engineer to work for Sandia National Laboratories while embedded at a Lockheed Martin (LM) Global Positioning System (GPS) space vehicle (SV) facility near Denver, Colorado! You will join a diverse team with backgrounds in engineering and science (e.g., electrical, mechanical, aerospace, computer science), with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully integrate and functionally test satellite hardware.

On any given day, you may be called to:

+ Assemble, integrate, and test (AI&T) high-value spaceflight hardware onto GPS host satellites.

+ As an embedded Sandian, you will also have a programmatic role as our onsite liaison to LM, customers such as NNSA and Space Force, Sandia and Los Alamos deployed personnel, and project leadership.

+ Participate in external-facing interactions like daily standups and engineering review boards.

+ Contribute technically to areas like script development, test planning, and on-console functional testing.

This is a key interface role on the Global Burst Detector (GBD) program as you will often be the first to experience or hear of topics at the SV factory and will be a focal point for ensuring SNL and LANL personnel are synced on these breaking issues. Mission assurance plays an important role in our success, and team members are well grounded in areas such as non-conformance, risk management, and configuration control. Technical personnel that desire to live in-or-near Denver, have an interest in the flight aspects of space payloads, and are adaptive to the dynamics of host vehicle test schedules with some non-standard work hours and travel, will find this opportunity especially satisfying.

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

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Computer Science, Aerospace or Mechanical engineering plus five (5) or more years' experience, or thirteen (13) years' experience

+ 2 years' recent experience (within the last 5 years') with test and integration of spaceflight hardware (example – test software development, data evaluation, environmental testing, usage of electrical ground support equipment, troubleshooting)

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Master’s or PhD degree in a STEM related field

+ 5 years' recent experience (within the last 10 years') with test and integration of spaceflight hardware

+ An interest and background in computer science

+ Scripting experience, especially Python

+ Active DOE Q clearance, or equivalent DoD TS clearance

+ Field experience in off-site work, with a proven ability to be the “face of a project” among a diverse collection of teammates

+ Experience with mission assurance processes, including configuration management and document record control

+ Familiarity with the handling and storage of classified systems and data

+ Global Burst Detector (GBD) knowledge and familiarity with space and ground segments

+ Astute political competence while interacting with a range of customers

+ 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 a willingness to submit work for extensive review

+ History of being proactive and following through on assignments while producing consistent, high-quality work

+ Ability to prioritize and balance competing activities and manage ambiguity

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 L-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 the 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: 682625



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-02 Expires: 2022-06-01

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