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R&D Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693512

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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:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering

We are seeking a highly skilled R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer (or Chemical, Physics, Comp Sci) to join our team. As a Pressure Engineer/Project Lead at our Primary Standards Laboratory, you will play a crucial role in supporting Sandia in its global security missions. The PSL is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory providing metrology support to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). This position requires technical aptitude/knowledge spanning a broad range of measurement areas, systems, methods, and procedures to have an immediate impact on the work at the PSL. The ability to work in a team environment and provide engineering oversight to solve measurement issues is critical.

Your responsibilities will include researching/developing advances in measurement methods/uncertainty analyses and calibration methods in the areas of pressure, volume, and gas leaks. You will work with your team to develop new/improve existing measurement techniques, data analysis techniques, measurement systems and collaborate to support customers across Sandia's broad national security missions. A key role will be working in a team environment to support other mechanical measurements at PSL and interacting with colleagues across SNL/NNSA in mechanical measurements/calibrations and with colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). All work will be performed in accordance with laboratory procedures, policies, and practices.

Support the daily operations of the pressure lab within the Primary Standards Lab by:

  • Apply knowledge, experience, and technical aptitude in measurement science related to the physical disciplines of pressure and the related systems, equipment, methods, and procedures.

  • Conduct/support research and development of new measurement technologies and techniques related to the lab’s capabilities.

  • Perform Waiting Quality Approval (WQA) reviews in Maximo, review calibration data and draft certificates to assure they are correct. Approve Calibration Certificates and Reports.

  • Participate in Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) quality activities, such as National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) surveys, Proficiency Test (PTs) and Inter-Laboratory Comparisons (ILCs).

  • Mentor/coordinate activities of technologists, including technical training and workload management.

    Develop/maintain new measurement systems:

  • Improve performance and quality metrics for measurement system capabilities and identify ways to optimize calibration workflows.

  • Create new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method’s hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques.

  • Assist customers with their development of Measurement Assurance Plans (MAPs), Tester Qualification, and Approved Calibration Provider (ACPs) processes.

  • Work with Quality Assurance on the review and approval of all Designated Calibration Sources (DCSs), Commercial Testing Laboratories (CTLs) and Commercial Calibration Laboratories (CCLs).

  • Complete the technical review and Software Quality Approval (SQA) process for COTS packages as well as the development software packages (e.g., spreadsheets, algorithm development, LabView, etc.).

Salary Range:

$95,400 - $185,700

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM field

  • Experience applying engineering and/or statistical concepts to solve functional problems with equipment and/or mathematical models.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE “Q” Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Using statistical methods of analysis and/or performing measurement uncertainty analyses.

  • Fluid dynamics, or gas analysis and/or mass spectroscopy.

  • Lab instrumentation, particularly pressure, vacuum, gas leak/flow, gas analysis systems.

  • Automation, control and/or analysis software such as Python, LabVIEW, Beckhoff, Visual Basic, MATLAB, COMPASS for Pressure (Fluke), Microsoft Excel and/or Minitab.

  • Working in a standards and calibration laboratory and with quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025, Z540-1, QC-1 or other quality assurance programs.

  • Developing processes, technical work documents, and procedures.

  • Already possess a DOE “Q” clearance.

About Our Team:

Department 2944, Primary Physical Standards, provides calibration support to the Nuclear Security Enterprise, including support for SNL research and production organizations. Department 2944 includes multiple projects and consists of parameters such as pressure, vacuum, leaks, volume, radiation, optics, force, mass and dimensional measurement. Primary Physical Standards, maintains a wide variety of measurement expertise and consults on technical problems, calibrates reference standards, and assists in technical guidance of the DOE/NNSA Nuclear Weapons Complex contractor standards laboratories. The overall calibration program is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 by the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).

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: 693512

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
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