Test Operations Engineer- Materials Mechanics and Tribology

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7206044 (Ref.No. 692475)
Posted: January 10, 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 a highly motivated Test Operations Engineer to perform groundbreaking research on materials and components for national security applications! This is a great opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team pursuing creative solutions to complex problems in research and engineering in the field of Materials Science.As a Test Operations Engineer, you will work with science and engineering experts on a broad spectrum of research and development. You will improve our understanding of materials behavior as well as solve complex challenges in the nuclear enterprise. The position involves a range of efforts from research into the materials behavior and mechanics of metals to assisting with component development and providing expertise and training support to team members. You'll work with state-of-the art equipment and technology for metals characterization. Within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center, you will also have access to world specialists and innovative tools consistent with Sandia’s reputation as a world-leading research organization. You will have the opportunity to develop new insights through formulation and testing of hypotheses and participate in solving problems of interest to the scientific community and to our national security. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference! On any given day, you may be called on to: + Design and perform laboratory experiments on materials characterization and mechanical testing + Coordinate lab operations and collaborate with scientists and engineers to design and conduct experiments and test methodologies for high-consequence applications + Handle customer relationships and meet project requirements on a strict product schedule + Perform database development, management with associated tracking software and tools + Work with multiple hazard classes (e.g., mechanical, pressure, and electrical) in the facility driving training requirements or particularly hazardous operations. + Develop innovative processing solutions for next generation components + Provide trainings and experimental guidelines Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: + Bachelor’s and master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or related field, Or a STEM bachelor’s plus 4 or more years relevant science and engineering experience + Experience working with large and complex organizations or agencies (e.g. DOE, NNSA, government) and associated regulatory standards + Experience with multiple materials characterization and mechanical testing techniques + Experience with lab equipment, maintenance, and safety requirements + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Deep knowledge of MTS servohydraulic load frame systems including the ability to perform repairs, calibrations, and modifications + Ability to work in a team environment including the ability to lead a team of scientists and engineers, and to closely coordinate and communicate with technical staff, management, and customers + Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures, design guides, appropriate standards, and administrative practices including knowledge of Sandia’s procedures and standards + Experience with multiple hazard classes (e.g., mechanical, pressure, chemical, electrical,) and driving training requirements for particularly hazardous operations + Familiarity with the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations + Experience with document control and records management + Ability to rapidly learn new skills and work in a fast-paced environment + Excellent communication skills + Commitment to laboratory and facility safety About Our Team: The mission of the Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department (1851) is to develop fundamental understanding of mechanical behavior of materials and to operationalize this understanding to resolve the engineering challenges facing Sandia's national security missions. The department has solved materials problems in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications ranging from routine material compatibility concerns to manufacturing scale issues. In addition to ND, the department also has a strong record of applying its resources to develop solutions for many challenges including hardening drill bits, lubricating satellite mechanisms, coating hypersonic rails, and developing new applications for 3D printed materials. To address these and other challenges, the department is also heavily active in developing novel and emerging processing and characterization techniques. Current activities include the development of high-throughput and in-situ methods for mechanically testing additively-manufactured (AM) metals, digital image correlation, failure and deformation under complex loading, ductile and brittle fracture mechanisms, and 3D characterization of microstructure and components with destructive serial sectioning and X-ray computed tomography. The department members collaborate heavily across organizations within Sandia in New Mexico and California and manage several multi-million-dollar programs which currently include the Brittle Material Assurance Prediction Program (BritMAPP) and Materials Margins Assurance (MMA). The department's technologists, postdocs, and staff have also been awarded several patents and intellectual property provisions. Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. 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. 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: 692475

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.