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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.


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 an experienced and highly motivated R&D Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team.

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

  • Design and implement test bed assemblies to include fixturing for centrifuge and shaker table testing requirements.

  • Design boom boxes for explosive containment.

  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of design engineers, systems engineers, and subject matter experts to successfully execute mission critical designs.

  • Develop and implement innovative solutions to technically complex challenges.

  • Participate in the development of system or subsystem level requirements for testers.

  • Develop and incorporate new design tools and approaches.

  • Be called upon to peer review other design efforts and concepts within the Labs.

  • Investigate and troubleshoot tester equipment that may be based on legacy or the latest state of the art technologies.

  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Bachelor’s and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in an Engineering or Physical Science field plus (2) years relevant experience; or a bachelor's degree in an Engineering or Physical Science field plus (6) years directly related experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Experience in leading or participating on high performance teams

  • Degree in mechanical engineering

  • Solid modeling experience (CREO is preferred)

  • Experience and/or education in the design, development and qualification of mechanical systems and components

  • Experience with component failure analysis (FMEA. Fishbone, etc)

  • Working knowledge of generating build to print design definition drawings

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines

    Department Description:

    The Air Delivered Weapon Systems Tester Development Department (07256) and the Ballistic Missile Tester Development Department (07255) are responsible for the design, development, qualification and deployment of complex system testers and test equipment in support of the Nuclear Security Enterprise. Specifically, these testers and test systems acquire and deliver data to the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Surveillance Program. Our teams employ innovative and leading-edge technologies in the design and development of these testers.

    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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.