Sandia National Laboratories Electromechanical Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Electromechanical Technologist, who is able to take on responsibilities in one or more functional areas for Power Sources Technology work in Group 2540. This position will support R&D activities on power sources including lithium primary battery, lithium ion battery, and thermal battery projects. The position may include battery and battery materials R&D, the building of prototype batteries including ordering cells and other battery pack hardware, repackaging cells, 3D printing of fixtures and prototype hardware, and evaluation of batteries using a variety of non-destructive and destructive tests. The successful candidate will also interact with battery vendors, provide support to environmental tests (thermal, shock and vibe tests of batteries) conducted by our S&T partners and vendors, and set up, monitor, and analyze data for long-term aging tests. Data acquisition, data analysis and documentation are also a key element of a range of activities.

A successful candidate is detail oriented with a natural curiosity towards the world , open to working on a diverse set of problems with a wide range of personnel inside and outside the group and Sandia.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

• Acquire and analyze data

• Develop, build, and maintain a variety of instruments, hardware ,and processes

• Perform calibrations, make adjustments, modifications, replacements, and conduct or coordinate repairs

• Work in a laboratory setting monitoring experiments and making and recording observations in support of the development and testing of power sources

• Support documentation efforts, including preparing data and information for scientific and engineering reports and publications

• Recommend and make modifications to components, processes, or test procedures to meet desired specifications


  • Associates degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience with utilization of instrumentation to measure and observe phenomena
  • Experience in laboratory operations (e.g. set-up/maintenance/ownership)
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance


  • Examples of written documentation (e.g., work planning and control documents, lab operating procedures, test plans, or memos and reports)
  • Experience with troubleshooting systems, processes, and hardware
  • Ability to read drawings, layouts, and other specifications
  • Background and experience with electronics
  • Familiarity with battery and other power source technologies, principles, and operating characteristics
  • Experience with power supply and/or battery tester operation, interfacing with tester software, and ability to troubleshoot battery test equipment
  • Demonstrated abilities with laboratory software, computer controlled test equipment, and basic proficiency in programming/software code (e.g., LabView);
  • Knowledge of electronic circuits in common test equipment
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to perform complex, hazardous operations safely
  • Ability to take general direction and implement technical activities without detailed guidance or oversight
  • Ability to work in a team environment with staff, technologists, support personnel, and vendors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Department Description:

Responsible for research, design and development activities including materials research and process development and prototyping related to batteries (molten salt and ambient temperature) and RTG's for a variety of applications. Significant work for DOD, DOE and other NFE customers. Technologies supported include high temperature (molten salt) batteries, lithium primary and secondary batteries as well as hybrid systems and double layer capacitors. Primary focus is on technology application to meet a variety of customer needs..

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 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT