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


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.


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We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team!

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

  • Perform mechanical engineering functions for the HERMES III, Saturn and SPHINX pulsed power accelerators

  • Design and improvement of hardware and systems

  • Oversee maintenance activities

  • Establish a spare parts program

  • Work with other Sandia organizations to develop common engineering documentation practices

  • Perform stress calculations and develop innovative designs

  • Turn concepts into realistic designs and finally into buildable and user-friendly hardware

  • Provide support for the Saturn Recapitalization Project

    Join our team and attain your dreams while making a difference!


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant STEM and five years’ experience

  • Experience in mechanical design, CAD modeling, design for manufacturing, mechanical analysis (structural, thermal), final hardware assembly, and/or environmental testing

  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • An advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering (or closely related engineering field) with evidence of high academic achievement

  • Strong technical writing skills and the ability to prepare effective documentation

  • Experience with design of equipment to withstand harsh environments

  • Experience working on programs that require adherence to standards and requirements

  • Working with suppliers to procure mechanical hardware

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as personal initiative, responsiveness, attention to detail and organization skills to manage multiple tasks and deadlines and work successfully in a team environment

  • Willingness to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment

  • Experience with finite element analysis (structural and dynamic) and solid modeling software

  • Ability to meet challenging design requirements and deliver hardware while meeting milestones within cost, schedule, and performance

  • Active DOE Q-Level security Clearance

  • Solidworks and CREO software experience

    Department Description:

    The AGT Accelerator Operations Department (1342) is responsible for the operation and continual development of the Saturn, HERMES III, and SPHINX pulsed power accelerators. The primary objective of the department is to provide an applied research environment for radiation effects and weapon physics experiments. The machines generate electrical pulses of up to 20 million Volts and up to 12 million Amperes with nanosecond durations to create very intense radiation environments. These hostile environments present very challenging research and development opportunities in areas such as: current, voltage, X-ray and Gamma-ray diagnostics, data acquisition, control and automation systems. Department 1342 also conducts pulsed power research and development to: improve radiation source fidelity, increase the output and fluence, as well as to improve the overall reliability and reproducibility of the accelerators. These unique, world class facilities are an essential part of the NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program.

    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.

    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.

    Job ID: 679734