Sa account

My employer is setting up a new instance of SQL Server Enterprise for me. Can I be a sa user without Windows local admin rights to the machine?

Yes. As long as SQL has security set to use both Windows and SQL then accessing SQL using sa does not depend on Windows.

That's good news for me. Thanks

Or just use Windows authetication and have your Windows account added to the sysadmin server role. No one should use sa!

@TaraKizer, Good point.
Any login can be assigned permissions that have nothing to do with the windows permissions other than windows allowing access to the database.