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


We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer to support major projects for the W78 System Engineering department. These include the development and implementation of an instrumented joint test assembly, development and execution of studies to improve the technical basis for Annual Assessment, coordination with the Air Force customer to develop and implement qualification strategies to interface the W78 to new DOD equipment, and other day-to-day activities supporting system sustainment.

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

  • Plan, conceive, conduct, or manage research and development for Sandia’s customers and sponsors.
  • Direct systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals.
  • Create new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method’s hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
  • Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research.
  • Use engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions.
  • Undertake development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology.
  • Undertake creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.


  • Bachelor's and Master's degree in an Engineering or other relevant STEM discipline


  • Prior experience in an engineering organization developing component or system-level requirements.

Department Description:

The W78 Stockpile System Engineering team supports the nuclear deterrence mission through annual assessment of the systems’ safety, security, and reliability and providing design agency engineering support for the production agencies. This department partners with organizations across the Laboratory – including other system groups, stockpile surveillance, materials research, science and engineering, and computation modeling and simulation – to design and execute aging, reliability, and safety studies. In addition, this department partners with external stakeholders, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Defense and its contractors, Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus and Pantex production plants, to ensure the continued success of the W78/MK12A mission.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

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

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.