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Electrical/Electro-Explosive Engineer (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
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We are seeking an Electrical Engineer to support testing at the Rocket Sled Track and Aerial Cable facilities located in Tech Area III. In this role, you will engage with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and technicians in developing, planning designing, executing, and documenting large-scale experiments at the Rocket Sled Track Complex and Aerial Cable Facility.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical engineering of the firing system and test systems at 1534 facilities
  • Test planning and overall electrical system and component test design
  • Design, fabrication, and execution of electrical systems used in the support of tests
  • Analysis of electrical system architecture and safety
  • Design of hardware for test activities, including electrical circuit design/analysis, generation of schematics and BOMs, reverse engineering of legacy designs/hardware, and the collection and processing of test data
  • Solving problems in a highly collaborative environment
  • Discovering, understanding, articulating, and responding to customer needs

Department Description:

The Energetic Environments Department (1534) in the Validation and Qualification Sciences Group has an opening for an Electrical Engineer. The Energetic Environments Department mission includes designing, planning, and execution of complex large-scale tests at Sandia National Laboratories Rocket Sled Track Facility (RSTF), Aerial Cable Facility (ACF), and Laurence Canyon Burn Site. Many of these tests require explosives, rocket motors, and/or propellants to achieve the desired environment. The department staff is comprised of test directors, engineers, explosive operators, and technologists that specialize in planning and designing high-consequence tests and operations. The department staff teams with both internal and external customers to plan and execute highly complex test operations that may include multiple data and diagnostics systems to capture critical test data. This department is a key member of Sandia's Explosives Center of Excellence (COE) and works closely with COE partners in Centers 2500 and 5400. Department 1534 also engages with many key partners from across the laboratory to successfully plan and execute its work and has extensive interactions with an excellent relationship with Sandia's Environment, Safety and Health Center.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT



  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering or related STEM discipline
  • Two years’ related experience
  • Experience with electrical circuit design
  • Experience in analog and digital hardware, signal collection and analysis
  • Experience with SPICE, PSPICE or other electronics design tool
  • Ability to maintain a DoE Q Clearance


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or related STEM discipline
  • Experience with high CDU Firing Systems and low power initiating circuits
  • Experience with Electro-Explosive Devices (EED) as well as Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) devices
  • System level reviews for single point failures and safety concerns
  • Instrument control software experience (LabVIEW preferred)
  • Familiarity with IRIG timecode
  • Willingness to work in an outdoor field test environment
  • ESD bleed path circuit development and integration
  • Grounding and bonding techniques
  • Experience managing interfaces, requirements, and integrated testing
  • Data collection using pressure transducers, strain gauges, accelerometers, load cells, piezo-resistive and piezo-electric accelerometers etc.
  • Knowledge of dynamic shock/strain data acquisition
  • In-depth understanding of amplifiers, digitizers with memory, anti-aliasing filters, network/spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, arbitrary waveform generators
  • Desire to build on past success and shape the future of the department

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