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R&D Loads & Dynamics Mechanical Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691559

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Our team is ready to welcome a highly motivated, experienced, and productive R&D Mechanical Engineer to join the Environments Engineering and Integration Department as a loads and dynamics engineer. Our work encompasses a wide range of applications in structural dynamics and signal processing and offers many opportunities for research and development. The position involves a challenging mix of engineering analysis, modeling, model validation, data analysis, signal processing, and product performance evaluation for a wide range of Sandia products. There are significant opportunities to team with in-house (high-fidelity, multi-physics) analysis teams, testing teams, as well as daily opportunities to work on very challenging problems utilizing world-class computational and testing resources.

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

  • Team with project, test, and analysis engineers at Sandia and with Sandia’s external stakeholders.

  • Lead a diverse team of staff to support our programmatic needs.

  • Lead or be a member of a shock and vibration environments qualification team.

  • Support shock and vibration specification development for weapons systems, wind/water turbines, missile payloads, and space instruments.

  • Support the development of field testing to collect environments data.

  • Work with the modeling and simulation analysis community to derive and assess environmental specifications and test specifications.

  • Analyze data from field and laboratory tests to derive and assess environmental specifications and test specifications.

  • Work closely with systems team and individual component leads to advise on all topics related to shock and vibration qualification.

  • Represent environments team to LLNL, NNSA, military branches, KCNSC, missile vendors and other stakeholders.

  • Participate in applied research to improve shock and vibration data analysis and specification development.

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a relevant field and eight years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree in one of the same fields and 12 years of relevant experience

  • Five years of experience performing structural dynamic analysis and/or signal processing analysis

  • Experience with MATLAB

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a relevant field

  • Experience analyzing aerospace systems

  • Experience with developing laboratory shock and vibration specifications and supporting testing

  • Experience performing structural dynamic tests

  • Graduate or professional research experience

  • Experience using MATLAB for structural dynamics analysis and processing of measured data

  • Experience with system level shock and vibration qualification

  • Experience in mechanical shock analysis

  • Ability to build trusted relationships between analysts, test teams, management, and customers

  • Programming Experience in Python, C++, java or other language

About Our Team:

The Environments Engineering & Integration Department is in the Solid Mechanics and Structural Dynamics Group of the Engineering Sciences Center. The department is responsible for leading integration of complex environmental test operations with computational simulation activities in structural dynamics and solid mechanics supporting fundamental research, model validation, development, qualification and acceptance for nuclear weapons, satellites, national missile defense, and other applications. In addition to planning and integration activities, the department directly supports several experimental capabilities, including: centrifuge, thermal conditioning, humidity, altitude, and corrosive atmosphere capabilities. We partner with Sandia product designers to predict and define mechanical environments for the entire design life-cycle. We assist product engineers in optimizing testing of their designs early in a development program and to fully explore the product's performance space during final design qualification. Our department develops state-of-the-art tools for characterizing and analyzing mechanical environments.

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.

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: 691559

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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

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