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


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security!

We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join our diverse team of professionals. You will be part of the Department's Shock and Vibration Environments Qualification team and support the development of field testing to collect environmental data.

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

  • Be part of the Shock and Vibration Environments Qualification team to support the development of field testing to collect environmental data
  • Work with the modeling and simulation analysis community to derive environmental specifications and test specifications
  • Analyze data from field and laboratory tests to derive environmental specifications and test specifications
  • Work closely with the department’s customers to advise on all topics related to shock and vibration qualification
  • Represent the Environments team on external collaborations
  • Mentor and assist in the develop less experienced staff


  • Master’s degree in a STEM field and 2 years’ experience
  • Experience with shock and vibration analysis and/or testing
  • Experience using Matlab
  • Active DOE Q security clearance and ability to obtain Sigma15 level access


  • Experience exercising considerable latitude over technical assignments.
  • 3 years of experience conducting independent technical work, including implementation of your own ideas into the process
  • Experience leading a technical team
  • Experience working with a Nuclear Deterrence Program
  • Experience working with external collaborators
  • Experience using Graflab
  • Experience working with Environmental Specifications
  • Experience deriving test specifications from field and laboratory tests and from modeling and simulation results
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in the delivery of presentations and reports

Department Description:

The Env. Eng. & 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.

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) Q security clearance to start.

Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.