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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer (Early Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to deliver solutions? Join a diverse team and help solve significant issues for our nation's security!

We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team and support current mission area testing needs!

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

  • Conduct component and system level testing to support all Sandia programs as required, including nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, and a variety of work for others customers

  • Work collaboratively with other staff and technologists on many challenging and innovative projects to perform quality mechanical testing for customers

  • Support efforts to identify and implement both technical and operational laboratory improvements

  • Provide technical guidance to laboratory technologists

  • Support the development and execution of test specifications to ensure test units are exposed to the correct environments

  • Implement work planning and control processes to assure safe, secure, and high quality operations


  • Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related STEM field

  • Experience with structural dynamics, solid mechanics, and/or non-destructive evaluation such as radiography

  • Experience with basic laboratory test equipment, including data acquisition equipment, signal conditioners, and measurement sensors

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q/Sigma clearance


  • Experience with structural dynamics test development, including familiarity with classical dynamic, structural and non-destructive evaluation equipment, test setup, and data acquisition systems

  • Experience with advanced data or image processing techniques

  • Experience and familiarity with Work Instructions and non-conformance reports

  • Experience with work planning and controls processes

  • Experience with high consequence safety operations, including explosive and radioactive related processes

  • Ability to interpret, organize, and document experimental results

  • Excellent personal interaction skills with management and technologists

  • The ability to work effectively in a close team environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Active DOE L or Q clearance

    Department Description:

    The Vibration/Acoustics Simulation Department, 01521, within the Engineering Sciences Center, 01500, specializes in replicating normal, hostile, and abnormal environments through tailored and controllable vibration/shock, acoustic, and thermal tests. In addition to vibration and acoustics capabilities, the department also has the ability to accurately take mass properties measurements for small and large-scale test articles. Test data is used to characterize the structural response of systems to a variety of environments. The work includes integration with environments engineering and advancement of diagnostics and experimental capabilities. These integrated capabilities support model validation, characterization of hardware behavior during operational environments in the development, qualification, and acceptance phases of a broad range of national security missions that include nuclear weapons deterrents, satellite assets, missile defense, conventional military technologies, infrastructure and energy security, and other applications.

    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 schedules, 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.

    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.


    This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

    Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.