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Sandia National Laboratories B61-12/W80-4 JTA Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Are you passionate about your work? If so, join a dynamic team that modernizes our Nation’s most critical weapon systems to ensure strategic deterrence for America!

The B61-12/W80-4 JTA Systems Engineering Department has an immediate opening for a Mechanical Engineer or Systems Engineer with a mechanical engineering background. Close interaction with the National Nuclear Security Administration, partner Design Agency Labs, and DOE Production Agencies is required to ensure that technical and programmatic requirements are met. The two Nuclear Deterrence modernization programs supported by the Dept will provide the successful candidate significant career growth opportunities.

Mechanical engineers within the Dept play a critical role in specifying and reviewing activities involving mechanical aspects of the B61-12 and W80-4 JTA system, including design, development, and qualification of the JTA system to closely simulate weapon performance in a surveillance program, development of JTA system and component requirements, design and assembly of several different test units during development stages of the program, production support activities for mechanical components, and testing of development ground and flight test units leading up to final JTA qualification.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Conduct programmatic and technical planning for the B61-12 and W80-4 JTAs

  • Apply critical thinking skills to design JTA systems and integrate components developed in other Orgs into the JTA system designs.

  • Solve problems with multidisciplinary teams across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.


  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering or related field

  • Ability to communicate technical and programmatic information effectively in oral and written forms

  • Ability to coordinate technical work performed in other internal or external organizations.

  • Ability and desire to work in a collaborative team environment

  • Ability and willingness to travel

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q level clearance


  • Masters degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering or related field

  • Experience as a Mechanical or Systems Engineer in a weapons systems or related department

  • Background and understanding of nuclear weapons across the lifecycle, familiarity with processes within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), and experience in working with the NNSA production agencies

  • Experience as an engineer working on engineering design, development, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects

  • Demonstrated effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution and coaching/mentoring skills

  • Proven project management skills

    Department Description:

The B61-12/W80-4 JTA Systems Engineering Team partners with Groups 2320 and 2350 on B61-12 program scope and partners with Groups 8240 and 8260 at SNL/CA on W80-4 program scope. The Dept is focused on design and development of JTA systems to closely simulate weapon performance in future surveillance programs, which forms the basis for annual assessment of the nuclear weapon systems. This organization supports the Weapon Systems Engineering Centers, which are responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of US Nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The organization is comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers and technologists, primarily in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Systems Engineering. The B61-12 program is currently in Phase 6.4, Production Engineering, and the W80-4 program is currently in Phase 6.3, Development Engineering.

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*

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    Security Clearance:

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 obtain and 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.