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R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join the Advanced and Exploratory Systems department to support the A&E Demonstrator Programs. Your activities will range from:

+ Facilitate and coordinate with flight systems and/or ground test facilities
+ System and/or component integration, instrumentation, and testing
+ Interact with other laboratories, production sites, and component organizations to enable adoption of advanced and exploratory concepts in future systems.

On any given day you will be called on to support A&E Demonstrator Programs. Responsibilities will include:

+ Development of the payload/system layout and definition,
+ Interacting with and defining interface definition for experiment owners or component partners
+ Definition of mechanical layout for payload/system
+ Assembly and fielding of flight/ground test hardware, and
+ Launch support for the flight tests.

External interfaces include our DoD collaborators (USN and USAF), the National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, and the Kansas City National Security Center (KCNSC) production plant.

Internal interfaces include various component, design definition, test and evaluation, and computational simulation organizations.


+ Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering or relevant discipline plus 8 years relevant experience or equivalent;

- Master’s in mechanical engineering or relevant discipline plus 5 years relevant experience
+ Proficiency in CAD
+ Experience in two or more of the following areas:

- System Testing and Integration
- Fight testing
- Mechanical Analysis and Design
- Instrumentation, data collection, processing, and analysis
- Hands on laboratory experience working with system assembly
- Proven record of successful problem-solving abilities
+ Active DOE-L or DoD-Secret Clearance
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q (DoD TS Equivalent) security clearance


+ Self-directed, customer focused, and has strong interpersonal, teaming, and analytical skills
+ Demonstrated ability to understand and work in a diverse set of technologies
+ Previous working relationship with internal and external partners
+ Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal
+ Proven leader in a diverse engineering environment with excellent personal interaction skills
+ Proven ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, interface with customers and suppliers to resolve issues, and conduct tradeoffs to identify system solutions
+ Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple teams responsible for complex systems
+ Active DOE-Q or DoD-Top Secret Security Clearance

Department Description:

The Advanced and Exploratory systems department employs a diverse set of disciplines which includes ME, EE, Materials, and MBSE staff members. We are engaged in multiple activities with a push to build and demonstrate future capabilities. We interface with many external and internal customers and help the laboratory to coordinate investments into research areas that will ensure the future viability and effectiveness of our nation’s nuclear deterrent..

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

• Extraordinary co-workers

• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.



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 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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