Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Livermore, California


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer to work in a multidisciplinary team environment in designing and developing advanced components, subsystems, and systems for national defense programs, homeland security, and non-defense applications. The candidate will work with a wide variety of technical staff including electrical engineers, designers, analysts, materials scientists, fabrication specialists, test personnel as well as program/project managers. The items being developed include electronics devices and mechanical structures for those electronics products. The candidate should be familiar with software tools for design, analysis, and modeling/simulation. Mechanical engineering areas of emphasis include design, applied mechanics, product qualification, and advanced materials.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

• Evaluate mechanical design definitions for feasibility, manufacturability, and assembly

• Work integrally and engage with related organizations to negotiate requirements and constraints

• Perform various simulations (i.e. structural, thermal, analytical, etc.) to prove mechanical robustness

• Conduct material and manufacturing process evaluations

• Complete stack-up tolerance analyses

• Convey design intent to other agencies thru proper GD&T implementation and inspection/acceptance criteria

• Develop test plans to validate design characteristics and oversee testing

• Partner with our production agency to mature design for manufacturability


• Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related STEM field

• Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


• Active DOE Q clearance

• 2 years’ previous experience in mechanical engineering product development

• The ability to create innovative solutions to difficult technical problems

• Works well in team-oriented environment and work cooperatively with other internal organizations, as well as external production facilities and suppliers

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Department Description:

The Weapon Subsystems I department develops and supports advanced electronic and mechanical subsystems for use control, enhanced surveillance, material monitoring and other high consequence applications requiring exceptionally high confidence, quality and reliability. These projects enhance the safety and security of assets that are critical to US national security, including the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.

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 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT