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Reliability Engineer (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA
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Job ID: 655385
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Livermore, CA
Job Title:Reliability Engineer (Experienced)


We are seeking an R&D Systems Engineer performing duties as a reliability engineer to perform reliability assurance and assessment for Sandia-designed components and systems. The successful candidate will apply a range of reliability engineering and analysis methods in support of national security program decisions. Reliability engineers perform reliability-engineering analyses on components and systems throughout the entire lifecycle of design, development, production, and fielded hardware maintenance/storage. They maintain an awareness of issues relating to reliability, participate in investigations of potential performance issues, identify evolving data needs for reliability prediction and assessment, track testing from various sources, integrate data appropriately into reliability analyses, provide input for the semi-annual NNSA Weapons Reliability Report and assist product realization teams in reliability assurance (i.e., improving inherent reliability of complex systems). The candidate must have the appropriate technical background to understand the function of complex systems, subsystems and components, and their role in meeting performance and surety requirements. The candidate should be familiar with reliability modeling methods such as fault trees, failure modes and effects analysis, and reliability block diagrams. This person will join a CA/NM team with other System Reliability Engineers and Component Reliability Engineers performing similar work on other components and systems. Excellent mentoring will be provided to help the person learn how to perform this job.

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

+ Interact with the independent assessment organization in New Mexico.
+ Interact frequently with component/system design, surveillance and other surety assessment organizations in performing these functions.


+ Bachelor?s and master?s degrees in engineering, science, or applied mathematics, with two or more years? engineering experience; or bachelor?s degrees in these disciplines with at least six years? relevant experience.
+ Experience in applying analytic methods to evaluate the performance of engineered components;
+ Experience with physics of failure, fault tree or root cause analyses;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance.


+ Experience or training in electrical circuit design and/or analysis;
+ Experience or training in nuclear weapons design, testing, modeling, or assessment;
+ Experience with design or production of high-consequence products;
+ Experience in probabilistic modeling, Monte Carlo methods, statistical data analyses, or margin analyses;
+ Experience in applying reliability theory and a range of reliability analyses across a product?s lifecycle;
+ Experience with a variety of reliability test methods;
+ Experience with integrating data from multiple sources;
+ Experience in applying the results of engineering models for mechanical, electrical, or other physics properties to reliability models
+ Personal initiative, responsiveness, and excellent attention to detail;
+ Good communication, teaming, and critical analysis skills.

Our primary reliability mission is to provide reliability analysis services on behalf of the NNSA to the Nuclear Weapons Program. We provide independent reliability predictions and assessments on nuclear weapon components, subsystems, and systems throughout the design-to-retirement life cycle. Our reliability engineering services and assessment capabilities support other programs and products both internal and external to Sandia. We develop and adjust a suite of probabilistic reliability models to keep abreast of design and technology changes. We consult with design and surveillance teams on the reliability and related statistical issues associated with design, test, and operational decisions. We also perform electrical circuit modeling of weapon components and assemblies to gain insight into performance or to analyze anomalies. These simulations include parameter studies to determine how sensitive an electrical circuit or subassembly is to variations in its components, failure analysis, and investigation of temperature effects and hostile radiation environments.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-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 Q-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

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