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Systems Engineer - Mechanical (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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 an outstanding systems engineer with a background in mechanical engineering or related discipline to join the diverse and growing W80-4 Warhead Modernization Program!

Do you love the mission at Sandia but want to try something new? The systems engineering position within the W80-4 program is results-oriented, rigorous, dynamic, and requires a multidisciplinary perspective with an innate curiosity to learn outside of your existing knowledge base. Having strong communication skills is a critical element within this position due to the collaborative nature of this role. We work closely with our internal and external partners to mature and execute the nuclear weapon system requirements, architecture, design, and qualification activities. Our systems teams are responsible for integration of each component into a complex system and for providing sound technical justification for all decisions.

An Engineer at Sandia:

+ Be responsible for collaborating alongside with the program test engineers; to ensure a consistent quality approach is realized from start to finish of each assembly.
+ Certify that assembly and test procedures are at standards by integrating themselves directly in the development process.
+ Be in an oversight role, verifying the procedures are followed and any issues are addressed in accordance with quality guidelines.
+ Collate all documentation in a standard report to be given to the customer.
+ Capture all lessons learned and promulgate to the proper stakeholders to prevent recurrence and facilitate future builds.
+ Supports system lead engineer in developing system level design concepts, architecture, and physical layout
+ Reviews system for integration compatibility and compliance
+ Performs system/subsystem trade studies balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation
+ Prepares presentations and other supporting documentation needed for technical reviews
+ Reviews and approves simulation results with respect to performance requirements


+ Bachelor's degree plus 8 years of related experience or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or related discipline plus 4 years' of related experience; or equivalent related experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
+ Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects
+ Ability to travel up to 25%
+ Active DOE Q-level security clearance


+ Experience working on engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects
+ Familiarity with modeling tools and/or computer aided design tools - Creo/ProE, SolidWorks etc.
+ Experience with development of specifications for components and systems
+ Experience with Earned Value Management
+ Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling
+ Experience in a leadership role
+ Ability to thrive in a high-energy, dynamic, collaborative, team focused environment

Department Description:

The W80-4 System Integration Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center. The Weapon Systems Engineering Center is responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The W80-4 System Integration Departments are comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering. A major effort for this organization is the engineering design and development in support of a Life Extension Program for a nuclear warhead (W80-4). The W80-4 warhead will be deployed on the future U.S. Air Force Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that will replace the existing Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)/W80 Warhead weapon system in our nation's nuclear deterrent stockpile. This is a long term program that will require close collaboration with many different departments within.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 Q-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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-12-07 Expires: 2021-03-13

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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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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