R&D S&E, Process Engineer (Experienced) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7246612 (Ref:Sa693420)

Posted: June 2, 2024

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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an experienced R&D Process Engineer to lead and own manufacturing processes at Sandia’s explosive components facilities. Your primary role will consist of developing, improving, and monitoring manufacturing processes for Mark Quality (MQ) explosive components with an initial emphasis on thin films and glass-to-metal sealing processes. You will coordinate with Design Agency and Production Agency engineers to apply engineering concepts and best practices to the design, development, analysis, and testing of processes and equipment that meet design requirements on schedule and budget in support of directive schedule.

Processes include, but are not limited to cleaning, laser welding, resistance welding, leak testing, powder pressing, encapsulation, soldering, glass-to-metal sealing, thin film deposition, mechanical/electrical measurements, and visual inspections.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan, conceive, conduct, and manage process development for energetic components in a manufacturing environment.
  • Direct systematic studies to characterize processes with the intent of determining the ideal process equipment, tools, and parameters that will meet design requirements with high yield and high quality.
  • Manage and maintain production equipment and operational technology ensuring continuous, predictable operation.
  • Analyze the performance of manufacturing processes using key performance indicators such as yield, variance, and tact time.
  • Use manufacturing process results and data to provide objective Design for Manufacturability advice to engineers from both the Design and Production Agencies.
  • Create new understanding and capabilities by using the scientific method: hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
  • Use engineering principles to research, design, or develop tooling, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, and technologies.
  • Lead and support formal problem-solving efforts as needed to address production anomalies and to maintain high-rigor, high-quality processes.
  • Develop and maintain work instructions and operating procedures.
  • Lead or participate in new process and equipment development and qualification.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of the operational startup of a new facility.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other STEM-related field plus five (5) years of relevant experience
  • Active DOE-issued ‘Q’ clearance or DOD equivalent

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in a related STEM field
  • Experience in a high-quality production environment applying rigorous processes
  • Experience with installation, qualification, and maintenance of manufacturing process equipment
  • Experience with methods such as resistance welding, laser welding, leak checking, soldering, visual inspection, powder pressing, vacuum systems, and metrology
  • Experience with glass-to-metal sealing in a furnace
  • Experience with machining metals, glass, and ceramics
  • Experience with metallographic sample preparation processes such as mounting, sectioning, grinding, and polishing
  • Experience with electroplating processes
  • Experience developing, maintaining, and improving manufacturing processes including developing fixtures and tooling
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principals and statistical process control
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and apply the analysis to decision making
  • Familiarity with engineering drawings, including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Experience with hazardous operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in interfacing with and participating in Product Realization Teams
  • Experience working in a flexible, diverse, team environment
  • Background in, or experience with, explosive technologies and engineering applications
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and projects

About Our Team:

The Explosive Component Production II Department (7557) produces energetic components that support deliverables for Sandia's nuclear deterrence mission. We also provide mission-enabling support to all of 7550, while innovating energetic component processes and manufacturing capabilities for the organization. We are responsible for production planning, product pre-acceptance, component production, and component production data entry and analysis. We oversee the construction and startup of the Energetics Manufacturing Science and Technology (EMSAT) facility, which will provide Mark Quality manufacturing capability to reduce risk within the current supplier base by allowing Sandia to produce products that our suppliers can't, won't, or shouldn't make while also creating backup capacity for single-source situations. The facility will allow for the modernization of production processes for the next generation explosive components and materials.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

Job ID: 693420

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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Job posting number:#7246612 (Ref:Sa693420)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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