Systems engineering robot
Systems engineers contribute to every aspect that impacts how a product is conceived, developed, and deployed into the field.

Systems engineers at Sandia have the opportunity to contribute technically and programmatically in the development of our many breakthrough products. Systems engineers have responsibilities across the entire product life cycle, giving them a unique, hands-on work experience.

Systems engineers work with business development staff members to create the conceptual design of new product offerings. This entails developing concept architectures of the system, evaluating if commercial off-the-shelf products already exist or if new products will have to be developed, and conducting cost-benefit analyses of different candidate configurations. During proposal development, systems engineers help refine the conceptual design into a solution that addresses specific customer requests.

Once a contract has been awarded, systems engineers use software tools to assist in understanding all customer expectations and establishing a system for assigning responsibility to individual team members. During the development phase of the product, our systems engineers help resolve and manage risks as they are identified. Sandia systems engineers also help ensure the integrity of program configuration baselines and how these obligations are verified.

Key areas for systems engineers at Sandia

  • Conceptual design
  • Requirements definition and analysis
  • Architectural design
  • Proposal development
  • Modeling and prototyping
  • Integration and test
  • Risk management
  • Configuration management