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Intern - Mechanism Design - R&D Graduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691822

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a mechanical engineering year-round student intern to join our team of mechanism design engineers. Our team is responsible for the full life cycle of surety component development, production, and on-going surveillance assessment of stockpile devices. Surety components play a critical role in assuring the safety and security of the nation’s nuclear deterrent in a wide range of environments including severe accident scenarios. These devices include electro-mechanical switching mechanisms and environmental sensing devices that involve complex mechanical interactions in assemblies of over 100 custom designed/built piece parts. You would be expected to work in multiple phases of the product development cycle as part of a larger product realization team (PRT).

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

  • Develop design concepts using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software

  • Participate in design down-selects

  • Analyze designs using hand calculations, finite element analysis (FEA), and rigid body dynamics (RBD) software

  • Develop, build, and operate laboratory test equipment

  • Interpret and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) to product design definition

  • Conduct drawing reviews with drafting, manufacturing, and design engineers

  • Assemble prototype and developmental hardware

  • Review inspection results to verify product compliance with requirements

  • Support product disposition during production through engineering analysis

  • Develop and execute test plans and acceptance procedures

  • Investigate anomalies and resolve through analysis and test based methods

  • Present designs, tests results, and findings to the PRT

  • Document work in formal reports and memos

    Engineers within the Advanced Mechanical Design family touch all aspects of product development, from conceptual design and analysis to system retirement. We have a diverse team with wide ranges of skills and experience, and we value critical thinking skills and good mechanical insight. This position is an exciting opportunity to be part of a high caliber team and grow and as a student engineer while making lasting contributions to the safety of our nation’s nuclear stockpile.

Qualifications We Require:

You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Earned bachelor's degree

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong interest in mechanical design

  • Demonstrated experience working autonomously

  • Familiarity with data analysis and working in Matlab

  • Familiarity with CAD, engineering analysis, and materials characterization techniques

  • Basic proficiency with tolerance analysis methods

  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly-written reports and briefings

Posting Duration:

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.

About Our Team:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for safety and security mechanisms (components) for Nuclear Weapons (NW) applications. The departments have responsibility for conceptual design, full-scale engineering development, product characterization, product qualification, component production support, and on-going surveillance. Mechanisms for which the departments have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, environmental sensing devices, and weapon release detection switches.

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:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691822

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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