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Sandia National Laboratories General 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.


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Organization 05478, Product Transition, and Organization 05473, Integrated Technical Systems, are seeking a mid-career R&D General Technologists to support Hypersonic programs. The selected candidates will get to perform hardware reception and inspection, quality control, assembly and system integration, process development, and test of flight hardware and missile systems in support of prototype development flight testing. In addition, they will conduct tasks as needed to transition Sandia crafted systems to Industry Partners. The ideal candidates should have a background in working with mechanical and electro-mechanical systems. One may need to travel to support program interactions and system integration activities including flight testing at remote test facilities. This work will include developing, fabricating, testing, and integrating flight hardware in a fast-paced environment to support Missile Defense Applications. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to impact the development and performance of Advanced Concepts experiments and Mission Hardware. This position will include both laboratory and field-testing operations. This position does require some travel.

On any given day, the duties may include:

  • Collaborate with a team of engineers and technologists on the design, development, and assembly of a variety of Electro-Mechanical components or systems to meet defined requirements

  • Work independently or in collaboration with other technologists, using test equipment to ensure that components meet the design needs

  • Make independent decisions, and ensure the build and assembly of prototype designs are performed in an efficient manner

  • Integrate assembled prototypes into mission systems

  • Participate in design peer reviews

  • Work off regular hours may be required


  • A High School diploma plus 4 years’ experience; or an Associate's degree in a STEM field

  • Experience in mechanical build, test, and assembly

  • The ability to travel

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret


Ideally, your background will also include experience with the following:

  • Sophisticated electro-mechanical systems, showing an appreciation of quality/care during handling, assembly using procedures, etc.

  • Laboratory safety and safe chemical handling

  • Electrical cabling and interconnects

  • Detailing Electromechanical component and system test results

  • A record of performing assigned tasking while working within budget and scheduling challenges

  • The ability to participate in missile fielding and launch operations which will require extended travel

    Department Description:

The Product Transition Department, 05478, provides industry partner support for the Hypersonic Programs in the Strike Systems group within the Integrated Military Systems Program at Sandia. Department 05478 coordinates the development of Mechanical, Electrical, and Avionics flight technologies to be integrated and tested with industry partner support to provide flight solutions for missiles and hypersonic flight platforms. Typically, these systems support the DOD including Army, Navy, Air Force, and other Agencies. Center 05400 has successfully developed hypersonic systems for the nation and is extending our role on the national stage for both developmental and fieldable systems.

The Center 05400 Integrated Technical Systems, Department 05473, is divided into two components. Org. 5473, employs a wide variety of technical staff and technologists that provide technical support in the areas of Mission Assurance, Security, and ES&H, including Work Planning and Control, corporate compliance, and laboratory integration. Org. 5473-2, Technical Program Support Team, operates a laboratory complex that provides hardware definition, assembly, ground test, instrumentation, and characterization. Department 5473 supports programs in the Integrated Military Systems Center.

These programs cover a broad spectrum of applications; from sophisticated aerodynamically controlled vehicles, maneuvering hypersonic kill vehicles, and ballistic missile systems. All the activities require the extensive use of commonly developed Sandia avionics as well as prototype next generation technology that has never been flown. Leveraging existing technologies and maturing the Hypersonics portfolio for national needs is a demanding task and is a key component of Outstanding Service in the National Interest. The department strives to provide leadership to the Laboratory and the Nation in the creative development, use, and application of Hypersonic flight platforms.

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:

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.

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.