The TTR Technical Operations project team is seeking an electro-mechanical technologist with experience in precision tracking radars. The role requires a basic understanding of these systems and the fundamentals they are based on. Technologists are expected to; be able to troubleshoot discrete component technology, integrate current technology into legacy systems, develop procedures and documentation, and able to set-up and calibrate transmitters and receivers related. The position also requires and understanding of; analog, VME, and PC based control systems, hydraulic and electric drive systems, syncro, servo and encoder systems.
As a member of the TTR Technical Operations project team, the successful candidate will work with a dynamic group of field test support personnel to ensure the successful completion of the Laboratories flight test mission. Members of this team are responsible to the Range Manager for activities that maintain the Range's suite of instrumentation in a test ready status. All team members are expected to assume numerous roles and be willing to learn the principles of operation of telemetry, radars, optics, and communications systems. Each member is trained and qualified to perform an operational role during test activities. Assisting in the development of the future Range systems is integral in the responsibilities of each team member.
Each team member is responsible for following established range processes and procedures to ensure that all compliance requirements regarding the operation, facilities and infrastructure are met with quality. Incorporation of all corporate safety and work planning processes are inherent in this activity.
Job duties related to this position will include, but are not limited to:
- Operating a wide range of radar related equipment related to analyzing and diagnosing problems encountered during live tests.
- Operating, maintaining, upgrading, and trouble-shooting precision tracking radars, telemetry ground stations and associated optical systems for supporting JTA Flight Test Missions and supporting remote field testing as required;
- Interfacing with new and existing customers to understand and implement operational requirements and to tailor the radars configurations to support mission requirements;
- Maintaining and updating radar security plans and operating envelope documents as needed;
- Developing and implementing equipment upgrades to keep radars technically aligned with current range requirements.
Basic Position/Inter-Personal Requirements:
- Must reside in either Las Vegas, NV or Tonopah, NV.
- Ability and willingness to remain away from home in a remote location for 4 days and 3 nights.
- Demonstrated ability to work in team/autonomous settings in a dynamic work environment.
- Ability and willingness to work under a structured Work Planning & Controls process.
- Ability to work under high-stress settings and ability to meet tight deadlines
- Demonstrated professional attitude and critical problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated experience working with competing priorities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills, effective time management, initiative, teamwork, conflict resolution, and ability to take instruction/direction.
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Electronics Technology, Computer Science, Information Technology, or other relevant technical field of study; an Associate's degree in a discipline listed above plus four years directly related experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree.
- Be knowledgeable in radar theory and demonstrated experience working with precision tracking radars.
- Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, electrical and mechanical design, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance.
- Ability to prepare systems or equipment performance tests and reports along with the ability to read and understand schematics, drawings, layouts, and other related specifications.
- Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting systems or equipment.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
- Three or more years' experience with precision tracking radars.
- Ability to conceptualize and document major elements of system design and function.
- Be knowledgeable in telemetry theory basics.
- Cable design and fabrication experience including fiber optics.
- Experience with LabView applications or other programming languages.
- Field test experience.
- Familiarity with remote radiation detection systems.
- Experience with wireless communications.
- Experience with solar power systems.
Department 02915 operates the Tonopah Test Range for the National Nuclear Security Administration under Sandia's Prime contract. The Department consists of 20 Sandia personnel and 35 contractors responsible for the technical operations associated with the nuclear weapons flight test mission and the maintenance of a 280 square mile integrated test range facility with an instrumentation suite of precision tracking radars, telemetry ground stations, optical tracking mounts, meteorological data systems and numerous pieces of support, test and communications equipment.
Work locations exist at both the Tonopah Test Range and Nevada Site Office in Las Vegas, and employees are allowed to work from either location based on their work assignment. The normal work week is Tuesday through Thursday, 13-14 hours a day. Deviations to the normal schedule occur to facilitate mission requirements and may require personnel to remain away from home 4 days and 3 nights or possibly longer at a remote location. Work schedules may change as required to meet organizational needs and all personnel are expected to meet the range schedule.
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
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