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W87-1 Systems Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Livermore
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

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.
What Your Job Will Be Like
The W87-1 Modification Program at Sandia National Laboratories is working with the NNSA, U.S. Air Force, and other national labs to develop a ground-based strategic warhead that improves on the safety and security elements of legacy weapons in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. This program is a critical element in our nation's nuclear deterrence strategy.
Working on the W87-1, you will be part of an outstanding team that takes its national security mission to heart, helping make decisions that lay the foundation for a high-visibility, high-impact nuclear weapon modernization program. You will work in state-of-the-art facilities with talented people across the Nuclear Security Enterprise, addressing interesting challenges at every stage of design and development, and making lasting relationships that will continue throughout your career.
This is an extraordinary opportunity at Sandia unlike any other to gain experience supporting a national priority. Why not join us? We want you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team and make an impact on the nation and the world! We are seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer to join our team. In this exciting and dynamic role, you may be performing several engineering functions, from crafting system design concepts, developing design definition, informing design through modeling and simulation, and qualifying innovative fabrication and assembly techniques. You will also be supporting systems and/or component engineering efforts across all phases of projects spanning from conceptual-design studies to full scale engineering. Along with fellow engineers, this role also involves engaging and collaborating regularly with personnel across multiple Sandia organizations, as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), and Department of Defense (DoD) organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to grow your career in all areas of system engineering by working on a variety of projects and tasks to align with your interests and specializations. This position is for our Livermore, CA location.
The W87-1 Modification Program is in phase 6.3-development engineering. On any given day, Systems Engineers within this program may be called on to:
Assist with system-level design architecture and analysis that combines component parts and subsystems into a complete functional system.
Lead the development of product definition while incorporating manufacturing and assembly feedback.
Collaborate on maturation of requirements for specific areas or components.
Participate in integration activities with other systems engineers, product realization teams, and production agencies.
Provide technical consultations on critical design elements.
Participate in test planning to verify requirements and qualify hardware.
Prepare for presentations at technical design reviews.
Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams.
Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Livermore, CA. Some travel may be required for this position (up to 25%).
Qualifications We Require
PhD, Master's, or Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a relevant STEM field; OR equivalent related experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development (in lieu of degree).
Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
Qualifications We Desire
Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields.
Experience working on engineering design, qualification, product development, or related modeling/simulation projects.
Familiarity with engineering modeling tools (Creo, SolidWorks, DOORs, GENESYS, MATLAB, etc.).
Experience with development of specifications for components and systems.
Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling.
Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter in an ambiguous environment.
Knowledge and/or experience of system engineering concepts and principles.
About Our Team
The W87-1 System Engineering 4 department is one of the cross-site systems engineering organizations at the forefront of a program to modernize the W87-1. Systems Engineering 4 is responsible for the development of the mechanical war reserve system design, and partners with other W87-1 systems engineering organizations to establish and execute the system surety theme, cybersecurity, system integration and delivery, and program logistics. Engineers on our team are leveraging components and technology from other current Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) programs and development efforts.
Posting Duration
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.
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.
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.
NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs
If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.
If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Keywords: Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore , W87-1 Systems Engineer (Early/Mid-Career), Other , Livermore, California

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