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Intern - PPVS Tooling Engineer - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691737

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D – Undergraduate Year Round Mechanical Engineering Intern.

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

  • Be the technical interface to product realization teams and the commercial supply base for the design and delivery of mechanical parts/components used in nuclear weapon design, development, and production activities

  • Participate in the product realization process (design through delivery); including early engagement in the development phase to define, validate, and clarify requirements for mechanical parts/components destined for use in nuclear weapons

  • Assist the identification, development, and qualification of suppliers, as well as assessing the technical capabilities of the suppliers to meet weapons requirements

  • Lead efforts to improve the fundamental understanding of material requirements, defining and conducting experimental work to close knowledge gaps and improve design definition

  • Anticipate and manage risk (i.e. sole source suppliers, sunset materials, technology development, etc.); identifying viable alternates and leading the technical evaluations and way we make decisions

  • Manage product design definition (drawings, specifications, etc.) through the product life cycle (design-development-delivery)

  • Employs quality management systems and techniques; developing and managing comprehensive verification/qualification plans and defining acceptance criteria

  • Manage multiple organizational interfaces; internally and externally

  • Run and facilitate data analytics reports and meetings

Qualifications We Require:

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

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in an accredited undergraduate program

  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering or related degree

  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced/schedule driven environment

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Experience in application of the scientific method; gathering, analyzing and presenting technical data for decision making/problem solving purposes

  • Basic knowledge of design for manufacturing (DFM), Lean/Six Sigma and continuous improvement and their application

  • Basic knowledge and/or exposure to Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Knowledge of statistically based tolerance analysis

  • Experience of design for additive manufacturing and use of additive manufacturing equipment and/or 3D printers

  • Desire to use engineering expertise in the weapons product realization process, cradle to grave

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:

The Purchased Product Value Stream (PPVS) Tooling & Planning Team (7567-1) is a dynamic highly integrated team that is responsible for design, drafting and procurement and provides the technical leadership to identify, develop and deliver custom tooling, gages, fixtures, and molds (TGFM) in support of Center 7500 production activities and NG Product Realization Teams. We also provide materials planning expertise; using industry standard materials planning processes and tools to initiate the procurement phase and monitor the supply chain to meet product realization schedules. The PPVS Tooling & Planning Team is part of a larger Purchased Product Value Stream (Org. 7567) team that is responsible for product engineering and materials planning for nuclear weapons design, development, and production activities.

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:

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.


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: 691737

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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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