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The B61-12 JTA PRT is executing the product realization of the Joint Test Assembly body to be used in the development, qualification and stockpile evaluation of the B61-12. The selected candidate must have the ability to support moderate travel (10 trips/year). On any given day, this R&D Electrical Engineer on the JTA systems team may be called upon to:
lead the development of the product specification (PS) for the Pantex JTA tester,
develop the B61-12 system requirements for JTA test data management for tests at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR) and support the qualification of the TTR telemetry ground station,
support planning and execution of JTA ground and flight tests including the operation of JTA ground station equipment,
support analysis and distribution of JTA data sets,
support flight line testing operations for JTA tests including keying encryption devices.
Advanced degree in electrical engineering or relevant engineering field; or bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with 5 years relevant electrical engineering experience.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
Experience with telemetry design, RF engineering and testing;
Experience using Matlab and data analysis tools;
Experience analyzing large data sets;
Experience with the design, development and qualification of nuclear weapons;
Experience with the nuclear weapon design definition system;
Experience working with Pantex;
Experience developing functional testers;
Knowledge of the B61-12 system electrical system;
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
The B61-12 Non-WR Systems Engineering department (2124) is one of eleven departments responsible for the Sandia system program management, design and qualification of the B61-12 life extension program (LEP). These eleven departments work closely with each other and with other agencies within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (e.g., NNSA, Los Alamos, Kansas City, Pantex Plant) and within the DoD (e.g., Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center) to execute the B61 LEP. Department 2124 is responsible for the design and delivery of non-WR system assemblies for the B61-12: Joint Test Assembly (JTA), Compatibility Test Units (CTUs), Trainers and Ancillary Equipment, and Flight Bodies/IOT&E bodies. The department is also responsible for the development of the surveillance program and the overarching sustainment plan for the B61-12. The department activities include planning, system integration, design, testing and assembly and interfaces heavily with the other B61-12 departments as well as with system and component organizations throughout Sandia.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that they recently formally authorized the production engineering phase of its B61-12 warhead life extension program (LEP). This important milestone comes after four years of work in the development-engineering phase of the program, and marks the final development phase prior to production. The first production unit (FPU) of this weapon is planned for Fiscal Year 2020, followed by full-scale production.
“Reaching this next phase of the B61-12 LEP is a major achievement for NNSA and the exceptionally talented scientists and engineers whose work underpins this vital national security mission,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.). “Currently, the B61 contains the oldest components in the U.S. arsenal. This LEP will add at least an additional 20 years to the life of the system.”
The B61-12 LEP is a joint NNSA and United States Air Force (USAF) program that preserves a critical element of the U.S. nuclear triad and the extended deterrent. The LEP refurbishes both nuclear and non-nuclear components to extend the bomb’s service life while improving its safety, security, and reliability to meet long standing material requirements. The LEP will reuse or remanufacture existing components to the maximum extent possible. The B61-12 will replace the existing B61-3, -4, -7, and -10 bombs.
“These life extension programs directly support President Obama’s directive to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent, while reducing the size of the stockpile,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “Once completed, the B61-12 LEP will allow for the retirement of the B83-1—the last megaton-class weapon in America’s nuclear arsenal—while supporting the nation’s continued commitment to our national security and that of our allies and partners.”
The B61-12 LEP is conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.; Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. and Livermore, Calif.; and the nuclear security enterprise production plants, including the Kansas City National Security Campus in Missouri; the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas; the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina; and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The B61-12 includes a USAF provided tail-kit assembly section, designed by Boeing Company under contract to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.