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Electrical Engineer - Test Equipment Design (Experienced)

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Livermore
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Job Description:


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Electronics Engineering

We are seeking an R&D Electronics Engineer to join a multidisciplinary team in designing and developing advanced electronic subsystems\! General responsibilities for electrical engineers range from conceptual design, detailed design (a combination of analog, digital, embedded firmware, schematic capture, board layout), analysis, leading all aspects of fabrication of hardware, defining and executing qualification/testing plans, field support, as well as project management. Successful candidates will work in a team environment with opportunities to acquire increasing levels of responsibility.

A Test Equipment Design Engineer at Sandia:

  • Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team whose task will be to define requirements, create the subsystem design, implement quality design methodology, build and evaluate prototypes, test subsystems, and support full-up system integration testing
  • Designs test equipment utilizing Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware compatible with the Common Tester Architecture (CTA) defined by the Kansas City National Security Campus
  • Designs and develops specific manufacturing design requirements (i.e. PC board material, trace impendances, routing requirements, PC board stack-up, etc) and oversight of the manufacturing of PC boards
  • Performs FPGA digital design in Verilog or VHDL
  • Works with software engineer to automate the test equipment
  • Performs hands-on test and debug of circuitry
  • Performs hardware testing
  • Develops documentation of a given design and give technical presentations to peers/managers
  • Develops a system-level understanding of the collected data and support for anomaly resolution

    Other responsiblities include:

    • Working with representatives from systems organizations, subcomponent organizations, test equipment, quality assurance, program management, and production
    • Ability to build innovative solutions to difficult technical problems
    • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment
    • Working cooperatively with other internal organizations, as well as external production facilities and suppliers


      • Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field of study, plus three or more years of related experience, or bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field of study, plus seven or more years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
      • The ability to create innovative solutions to difficult technical problems
      • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment and work cooperatively with other internal organizations, as well as external production facilities and suppliers
      • Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance
      • Ability to travel up to 25%


        • Current DOE Q or DoD Top Secret clearance
        • Experience in COTS-based test equipment design
        • Experience in FPGA design
        • Experience with LabView, Test Bench, or C Plus programming language
        • Hands-on experience testing and debugging circuitry, with clear mastery of tools such as oscilloscopes, logic/network/ spectrum analyzers, function/pulse generators, etc.
        • Strong communication skills (especially technical writing skills), interpersonal skills, and the ability to influence others
        • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines

          Department Description:

          The Weapon Subsystems 1 department develops and supports advanced electronic and mechanical weapon subsystems for high consequence applications requiring exceptionally high confidence, quality and reliability. These projects enhance the safety and security of assets that are critical to U.S. national security, including the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.

          About Sandia:

          Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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:

            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.

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