R&D Reliability Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories   •  

Livermore, CA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 63 days ago

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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a dedicated and passionate R&D Reliability Engineer (R&D S&E, Systems Engineering) to join our dynamic, multi-disciplinary team working on cutting edge solutions.

Are you looking for a creative challenge? You can join this team of scientists and engineers and make a difference.

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

  • Apply technical engineering approaches to perform independent reliability analyses and assessments with results reported back to Independent Technical Assessment Management and/or the requesting system or component organization. Analyses and assessments will vary in subject, complexity, and duration and may have a broad or specific focus on products or processes.
  • Partner and team across various organizations (e.g. Nuclear Deterrence, Surveillance Assessment, Quality, Statistical Sciences) and efforts (e.g. Weapon Assessment Teams, Product Realization Teams, Significant Finding Investigation committees, Red Team) to perform reliability assessments and contribute to stockpile sustainment and development (e.g. State of the Stockpile, Annual Assessment, Unsatisfactory Reports, and safety incidents).
  • Maintain an awareness of issues and communicate risks relating to reliability. Participate in investigations of potential defects and/or performance issues to identify the root cause of anomalies and provide reliability impact assessments.
  • Represent the reliability engineering perspective on Weapon Assessment Teams (WAT) to assess the nuclear weapon safety, security, reliability, quality, and surveillance information for each stockpile and development weapon system.
  • Maintain a trusted relationship with our customers, the Weapon Systems Departments, the Chief Engineer of Nuclear Weapons, and the Associate Lab Director.
  • Understand reliability failure mechanisms, development program test plans, and surveillance plans to help Product Realization Teams improve the reliability of their designs.
  • Help improve independent assessment and reliability guidance, processes, metrics, and information management tools.

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a relevant STEM discipline plus 5 years or more years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
  • Some travel may be required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Alert, quick, and responsive, with a positive, go-getter attitude.
  • Knowledge of technical quality and system engineering principles and best practices.
  • Knowledge and experience in hazards/safety/failure analysis (e.g. fault tree analysis, failure modes, and root cause analyses).
  • Experience or training in nuclear weapons or high-consequence product design, testing, modeling, or assessment.
  • Experience in applying reliability theory and a variety of reliability test methods and analyses across a product's lifecycle.
  • Familiarity with engineering-level statistical analysis (e.g. probabilistic modeling, margin analyses, Monte Carlo methods). Ability to define the problem, gather data from multiple sources, work closely with statisticians and mathematicians, and integrate data and analyses results into reliability reports.
  • Ability to get along with others and develop trusting, productive working relationships within a multi-disciplinary teaming environment.
  • Ability to think critically, skeptically, and drive the "so what" and "what if" discussions and analysis.
  • Excellent attention to detail, while considering the big picture when needed (e.g. a component's reliability as it relates to the system's).
  • Prefer active DOE L or Q clearance or equivalent with another US government agency (e.g. DOD).

About Our Team