Mechanical Technologist - Concentrating Solar (Early/Mid-Career) Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7193081 (Ref:Sa692017)

Posted: November 11, 2023

Job Description

Bidder Eligibility: This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years. Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. Level promotions (Member to Senior) may be permitted, but are not guaranteed, on this requisition. Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees. 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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Mechanical Technologist (Early/Mid-Career) with mechanical training, machining experience, and equipment maintenance experience in the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department. The technologist will work as part of a team to assist our R&D staff with the improvement and modernization of the test capabilities at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) and assist the execution of R&D to advance concentrating solar thermal renewable energy. The work performed will support many different projects and testing campaigns by providing fixturing designed by engineers, troubleshooting of mechanical equipment (linear actuators, hydraulic pumps, motors), and providing maintenance on existing capabilities (heliostats, systems in the solar tower). This work requires a strong commitment to safety and following ES&H requirements and guidelines. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Plan, produce, and assemble mechanical parts for test fixtures + Work outdoors, at heights on assembly and troubleshooting systems, including high temperature and high pressure systems + Operate, troubleshoot, and maintain mechanical and electromechanical equipment + Assist in calibration of site capabilities, including the heliostat field, the solar tower and the solar furnace + Help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture particle transport and other devices and fixtures + Assist other technologists in maintenance of capabilities, fabrication, installation and testing of materials, components and fixtures Qualifications We Require: + High school diploma plus at least 3 years of relevant experience with design, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance of mechanical equipment and systems + Experience with the control and operation of mechanical or electromechanical equipment + Experience using blueprints and drawings to plan and execute work + Experience with thermal systems, pressurized systems and electrical components + Ability to obtain a DOE L-level security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience troubleshooting, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting systems and equipment, including hydraulics, motors, actuated equipment + Experience preparing layouts and drawings of the assembly process and parts to be made using three-dimensional design software + Ability to create a safe work environment by properly maintaining equipment + Ability to evaluate specifications in design drawings + Ability to work independently and as well as part of a team + Knowledge of Sandia National Laboratories’ policies, practices, and procedures About Our Team: Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, industry partners, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electricity, sustainable solar fuels, and industrially relevant solar thermal chemistry. 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 L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO: 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. Job ID: 692017


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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