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


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer staff member who is self-directed, customer focused, and has strong social, teaming and analytical skills to become part of the B61-12 LEP team. Specifically, you will join the B61-12 Center Bomb Subassembly (CBSA) team with responsibilities which include the mechanical definition and integration of components and subassemblies into the B61-12, ensuring the design can be produced consistently and developing the technical body of knowledge supporting our understanding of system performance through analysis, experimental and computational methods.

This position requires travel.

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

  • Perform design trades and other activities necessary to support maturing the B61-12 to a final design that meets all requirements.
  • Support qualification activities for the B61-12
  • Review assembly and maintenance procedures/specification and work with the production agencies to ensure resolution of any issues
  • Support surveillance planning for the system
  • Support preparation of presentation material needed to communicate mechanical design and requirements verification in reviews and meetings with partners. External interfaces include our National Nuclear Security Administration and Air Force customers, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Security Center (NSC) at Kansas City and Pantex Production Plants. Internal interfaces include component, quality, design definition, test and evaluation, computational simulation and independent assessment organizations.


  • Bachelor's and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Mechanical Engineering or closely related STEM discipline; a bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline plus six years directly related experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Experience in at least two of the following areas: System engineering of large and complex systems, experience with NW weapon design and development, product realization in a production phase, requirements development and mapping, system trade studies, qualification testing and analysis, environmental testing, material aging and analysis, computational modeling and simulation, MC and STS requirements.
  • Active US DOE Q security clearance


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Understanding of mechanical drawings, computer-aided design (CAD) models, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and their relationships to manufacturing methods, quality and inspection/acceptance of product
  • Familiarity with Nuclear Weapons drawing systems, Engineering Authorizations and Product Definition
  • Proven ability to understand and work in a diverse set of technologies.
  • Previous working relationship with Pantex, LANL, NNSA, and the Nuclear Security Campus at Kansas City.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outstanding leadership and personal interaction skills.
  • Proven ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, talk to customers and suppliers to resolve issues, and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple teams responsible for complex systems

Department Description:

The B61-12 AUR System Engineering Department has systems engineering and design responsibilities for the CBSA in the B61-12, as well as oversight of production at KCNSC and Sandia External Production (SEP). Requirements and oversight activities are provided to multiple component organizations and teams through this department.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.