27 days old

8247 Telemetry Weapon System Engineer (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
Apply Now
Apply on the Company Site

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.


We are seeking an outstanding R&D System Engineer with a background in Electrical Engineering to join the W80-4 Systems Team and perform the role of Telemetry Weapon System Engineer (WSE)! The WSE is a key interface between Product Realization Teams (PRTs) and the Systems team. The WSE advocates for both their assigned components and the warhead system. The WSE ensures the scope and requirements for their components are defined and validated with stakeholders, the design and integration activities are managed within cost and schedule, and the product(s) as-built meets requirements.

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

+ Serve as the primary interface between Systems and the Telemetry (TM) PRT. Flow all System guidance to TM PRT and provide feedback to Systems for continuous improvement.
+ Collaborate with other WSEs to work component interfaces.
+ Understand TM component technical design, design trades and strategies for development and qualification.
+ Understand the risks and handling plans associated with those risks.
+ Be knowledgeable of the Earned Value data for the TM PRT and understand the variance causes and recovery plans.
+ Participate in and contribute to TM PRT activities. Understand TM PRT status, successes, emerging concerns, etc.
+ Dry-run material with TM PRT for reviews before delivery. Attend TM PRT meetings, reviews, and review board (Risk Review Board, Change Control Board, etc.) meetings when PRT is on the agenda.
+ Inform Systems of TM PRT status and issues and solicit aid as required.
+ Decompose higher level requirements and allocate appropriately to component(s).
+ Review component test and qualification plans. Consult with quality to understand potential pitfalls and assist TM PRT in root cause analysis when failures occur and the development of resolution plans.
+ Understand hardware needs and delivery schedule. When deliverables are late, understand estimates for expected completion/delivery.

The W80-4 Life Extension Program (LEP) is intended to strengthen our nation’s strategic deterrence, by modernizing the W80 warhead and integrating it with the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) missile. The program’s scope includes design and qualification of the warhead and integration of non-nuclear and nuclear components within the warhead. Additionally, we are responsible for developing the Joint Test Assembly for surveillance along with trainer hardware, handling gear, and other ancillary equipment. It is the first modernization program to be conducted in parallel with a missile development program. The team is also implementing a nuclear enterprise assurance (NEA) program and implementing comprehensive earned value management (EVM).


+ Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline plus 5 years of relevant experience;or equivalent engineering and scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
+ Experience in nuclear weapon product realization processes
+ Active US DOE Q or DoD TS security clearance required to start
+ Ability to travel up to 25%


+ Possess strong leadership skills, a solid technical foundation, and a demonstrated ability to work closely with program and line organizations within the nuclear weapons community at Sandia, NNSA, DoD, and across the Nuclear Security Enterprise as a whole
+ Experience/familiarity with Telemetry component design and development
+ 2 years of leadership experience
+ Experience and success working with KCNSC in development and pre-production activities
+ Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced high-pressure environment
+ Experience in technical program/project management functions, including defining program work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; and managing change control and risk
+ Experience and demonstrated high performance in one or more ND technical mission areas
+ Strong customer focus and desire to build teams of people to capitalize on opportunities to improve the operations of the ND program at Sandia
+ Demonstrated ability and experience in working with all levels of staff and management at Sandia and customer organizations
+ Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams spanning different locations
+ Excellent oral and written communication skills

Department Description:

The W80-4 System Integration Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center. The Weapon Systems Engineering Center is responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The W80-4 System Integration Departments are comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering. A major effort for this organization is the engineering design and development in support of a Life Extension Program for a nuclear warhead (W80-4). The W80-4 warhead will be deployed on the future U.S. Air Force Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that will replace the existing Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)/W80 Warhead weapon system in our nation's nuclear deterrent stockpile. This is a long term program that will require close collaboration with many different departments within Sandia as well as with organizations outside of Sandia such as LLNL, NNSA, Production Facilities, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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.

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.

EEO Statement:

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-03-24 Expires: 2021-04-24

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

Featured Employers[ View All ]

Before you go...

Our free job seeker tools include alerts for new jobs, saving your favorites, optimized job matching, and more! Just enter your email below.

Share this job:

8247 Telemetry Weapon System Engineer (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Livermore, CA 94550

Join us to start saving your Favorite Jobs!

Sign In Create Account
Powered ByCareerCast