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Department Description Department 02915 operates the Tonopah Test Range for the National Nuclear Security Administration under Sandias Prime contract. The Department consists of 23 Sandia personnel and 30 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, with the normal work week running 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 this remote location. Work schedules may change/shift as required to meet organizational needs.
Duties include, but not limited to:
--Maintain a fundamental understanding of the range data collection instruments and how they integrate to collect Time Space Position Information and event data while maintaining a range safety footprint;
--Be able to employ range infrastructure to include Telemetry, Communications Systems and Ethernet Networks, radars, optical systems, neutron detectors, and spectrum analyzers for supporting remote field testing as required;
--Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods including the discipline's standards for ethical conduct of research;
--Detailed knowledge of operations center integration, functional organization, and supervision of real-time heavy aircraft and tactical aircraft flight operations and flight testing;
--Relevant experience in aviation operations, air-to-ground range operations, multi-agency coordination, and flight safety.
--Highly experienced in UAV/RPA and command and control operations environments
--Basic understanding of the Nellis Ranges and AFI 13-212
--Thorough understanding of the range scheduling process and the timelines required to secure airspace for range testing
--Understanding of the range infrastructure (ie radars, telescopes, cinetheodolites, telemetry and communication) and how they tie together to meet testing requirements