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R&D Electrical or Mechanical Engineer-Kansas City (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Kansas City, Missouri 64030
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  • Control Systems
  • Design/Development Engineering
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences
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Job Description

The Strategic Firing Subsystems Department (02625) has an opening in Kansas City for a motivated, experienced Electrical or Mechanical Engineer to provide Sandia National Laboratory design agency representation at the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) for nuclear weapon firing subsystem and firing control units during process prove-in, qualification engineering and production activities. The tasks for this position include understanding and resolution of electrical, mechanical and testing issues during the critical development and production cycles listed above, analysis of test/analysis data for design performance, communication of program status and engineering data to each weapon PRT Lead, customers and Sandia and KCNSC management. The successful candidate will be part of a tightly integrated team working to develop, qualify, and produce the W88 ALT370 Firing Subassembly and the B61-12 Firing Control Unit to support Department of Energy and Department of Defense activities. Additional responsibilities could include (as availability allows) design agency representation on issues involving the W76-1 and W87 firing sets and other components such as the Mk21 Fuze Firing Set Interface Module, B61-12 Pre-Flight Controller, and various Terminal Protection Devices. This position offers the opportunity to represent design agency product realization team interests while integrating with production agency departments and teams as these vital nuclear weapon products near the conclusion of development and enter production activities at KCNSC. Successful candidate will be self-directed; customer-focused, and have strong teaming and analytical skills. It is expected that the engineer will increase their level of responsibility and ownership with experience. The duration of this on-site assignment at KCNSC is for a minimum of 2 years.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

Understand and communicate design definition, functional and interface component requirements

Interact with KCNSC and SNL engineering, process and production teams and management

Report out to PRT Leads (weekly, monthly status reports)

Work with production agency to characterize and fix performance issues

Support the testing and evaluation of development and production hardware

Provide technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks

Analyze system performance against requirements

Assess, plan, and report progress relative to program plans

Travel back to Sandia NM up to twice per month may be required.

Department Description:

The Strategic Firing Subsystems Department 2625 has responsibilities for firing subsystems used on U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force nuclear weapon systems. These products are reliable, operate in extreme environments and have a high performance consequence. The department has life-cycle product responsibility to design, develop, qualify, validate, produce, monitor, assess and dispose. We provide engineering support for our products including production, surveillance, special finding investigations, and improving our technical basis for understanding performance. Current work activities include support for the W88 ALT 370 program, support for the W87 program and advanced development activities. The staff is a highly competent multidisciplinary team with skills in systems engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical design, performance verification, and project management.

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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT



  • A Bachelor’s and Master’s degree Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Experience in NW components and/or systems
  • Experience working with the KCNSC plant in production environment
  • Experience with Arming, Firing and Fuzing component design, development and testing
  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Ability to: meet milestones within cost, schedule, and performance; work across a wide variety of disciplines to integrate designs into a complete system (software, hardware, mechanical, packaging, etc.); working within projects that require adherence to formal engineering design standards, modeling and requirements; and work successfully in a team environment with various disciplines of engineers and scientists
  • Knowledge of the NNSA configuration management and engineering authorization (EA) system
  • Demonstrated ability to develop products within the Nuclear Weapon Realize Product Subsystem
  • Experience with Nuclear Weapons Mark Quality hardware
  • Experience in system engineering of large and complex systems
  • Experience with risk management
  • Demonstrated ability to work within teams that cross technical disciplines
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in an environment with dynamic conditions, competing priorities, and firm deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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