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Sandia National Laboratories Electromechanical Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


We are seeking a versatile, self-motivated, team-oriented R&D, Electro-mechanical technologist. This role will engage the successful candidate in assembly and fabrication of synthetic aperture radars (SAR) of varying size and complexity, creation and/or modification of procedures for these assemblies, tracking of the hardware as it progresses through the build process up to and including shipment to customers. In some cases, the successful candidate may have to support the installation of the delivered hardware in remote location and/or at the airport. The role will also include assembly, coordination and documentation associated with several Nuclear Deterrent (ND) programs and some Missile Defense (MD) programs.

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

  • Perform electro-mechanical component assembly of multi-axis gimbals and electronic enclosures in an ESD safe environment

  • Develop, build, modify, repair, and maintain a wide variety of electronic, electromechanical, and mechanical instruments, systems, or processes

  • Assemble and inspect electronic or electromechanical hardware, in support of various SAR, NW, and MD programs

  • Develop and modify work instructions for new or modified assemblies

  • Perform modification, machining, inspections and 3D printing on a variety of assemblies

  • Identify, procure, inventory and track parts and assemblies in our on-line tracking system

  • Maintain assembly documentation and recommend improvements to documentation, designs, and processes

  • Coordinate with shipping and receiving to deliver completed items and to receive procured items

  • Setup and perform automated tests


  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus a minimum of 3 years related experience or higher education levels

  • 2 years of experience in electro-mechanical and/or electronic fabrication

  • Experience reading mechanical drawings, reading electrical schematics, and familiarity with GD&T

  • Ability to acquire and maintain an initial DOE L level security clearance; with the ability to ultimately acquire and maintain a DOE Q level security clearance


  • Experience using machining equipment (Lathe, mill, CNC(s))

  • Experience reading and understanding electronic schematics data sheets

  • Experience using basic electronic test equipment (Digital multi-meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, etc.)

  • Experience performing SMT soldering and electronics assembly processes that met at least one of the following certifications, J-SDT-001, IPC-7711/7721, IPC-620, and IPC-610 (active certification(s) a plus)

  • Experience with configuration management tools like GitLab, TeamForge, SVN

  • Experience with Microsoft office suite of products (Outlook, Internet Browser, Excel, and Word at a minimum.)

  • Demonstrated success in working effectively both independently and in a team environment

  • Creative problem solver that is pragmatic and comfortable with managing ambiguity with a willingness to learn and continuously improve

  • Knowledgeable about safe chemical handling in a laboratory environment

  • Knowledgeable about various electronic components and cable connectors

  • Active or DOE Q or L clearance

    Department Description:

The Structures & Mechanisms Department, 5324, provides mechanical, electromechanical, and electrical expertise to customers across Sandia Laboratories. We design, analyze, assemble, and test prototype hardware and mature designs. We support hardware assembly, test setup, and test execution to support the fielding of our customers’ hardware. We have expertise building prototype hardware while ensuring the appropriate documentation will enable “build-to-print” options for production. We support small-scale production runs internally and work with external vendors to support larger production efforts. We support and work with each other and our customers to ensure that the product that reaches our customers is correct and meets their expectations.

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.

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.

EEO Statement:

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.