Tester Design Engineer
Amarillo, TX
Seeking an Electrical or Computer Engineer to join a team that is designing and developing advanced components, subsystems, and systems for national defense programs. This engineering team employs state-of-the-art technologies, including sophisticated software tools for design, analysis, modeling, and simulation. Responsibilities for electrical engineers range from conceptual design, detailed hardware design (a combination of analog, digital, embedded firmware, schematic capture, board layout), detailed software design (instrument drivers, system integration, database design/interface, report generation, related software quality assurance documentation), analysis, overseeing fabrication of hardware, defining and executing qualification/testing plans, field support, as well as project management. Successful candidates will work in a team environment with opportunities to acquire increasing levels of responsibility.

Designs and develops software applications used to automate complex instrumentation systems, perform calculations on and manipulate very large data sets, interface with databases, create user friendly operator interfaces, and consolidate results into legible reports. Opportunities also available to contribute to design and improvements to the database architecture.

Applies integrated technical judgment-which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses-to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to CNS Pantex missions. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Designs and develops new electronic and electromechanical components, equipment, systems, and networks. Researches and develops the theory and application of electronics, controls, communications, instrumentation, computational intelligence, and other electronic components for use in test equipment. Researches and develops solid-state integrated circuits, including computers, communications, signal processing, or optoelectronics. Assesses capabilities of existing components, equipment, systems, and networks. Utilizes industry standard concepts for electrical grounding/shielding/bonding concepts to all hardware designs.

Specific Job Knowledge & Training Required

Ability to evaluate and provide feedback on new and proposed revisions to technical operating procedures, design drawings, design requirements, and facility systems, structures, and components.

Ability to perform technical evaluations of processes and provide well-written, technical feedback.

Ability to make informed decisions and support those decisions to your peers and senior management.

Understanding and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

Education & Relevant Experience

Specific Knowledge and Training Required:
BS in engineering/science discipline.

In addition, the applicant must meet the requirements of DOE O 426.2 (Baccalaureate in engineering or related science, 2 years job-related and at least 1 year nuclear experience, or a DOE O 426.2 alternative). DOE 426.2 experience requirements can be satisfied following employment. In the interim, newly hired personnel will not be assigned duties that could impact the safety basis of nuclear facilities. (Ref. DOE O 426.2)

Specific Knowledge and Training Preferred:
Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline and/or holds a Texas Professional Engineering License (PE) and experience in nuclear explosive operations or a related technical field.

The minimum education and experience for the lowest career level in the job posting range are listed under Specific Job Knowledge & Training Required. Successful candidates hired into a higher career level than the minimum in the range must meet the requirements listed in the job leveling charts for the career level into which they are being hired.

If a range of Career Levels is posted, i.e., Senior Associate to Senior Specialist, internal applicants already in one of the Career Levels would come across at their current Career Level. Internal applicants currently in a lower level Career Level would move to the lowest posted Career Level, and internal applicants in higher Career Levels may be considered, on an exception basis, to come across laterally based on the applicant’s education and experience, and the scope of work being performed in the role.

Requires a Q clearance; however all qualified candidates will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance is required.

Position may require entry into Materials Access Areas (MAA) and participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP). If HRP is required, candidate must complete a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, pursuant to 10CFR 709. Medical requirements may apply.

Contract Type


Employment Fraction


Pantex is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

//U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for all jobs at Pantex. Candidates selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. In addition, selection and placement into this position may be conditioned upon the candidate's successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, and other requirements necessary for participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP). CNS-PANTEX IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. //