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R&D Mechanical Engineer - JTA Mechanical Lead (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688814

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Posting Duration:

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering to join our dynamic team!

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

  • Research past and present nuclear weapon systems to support design activities.

  • Lead development of system level design concepts, architecture, and physical layout (position, size and location of major components and subassemblies within the reentry body) incorporating requirements, nuclear safety, advanced concepts, and modularity.

  • Perform system/subsystem trade studies and technical evaluations, balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation thus influencing the down selection towards a new warhead design.

  • In partnership with Tech Mat counterparts, serve as the primary interface between systems and component/subsystem teams to drive successful design integration across all phases of the program and to ensure system requirements are documented and met.

  • Support the characterization and qualification of the W93/Mk7 design.

  • Interact with other laboratories, production sites, and component organizations to enable the design, integration, and manufacturability of the W93/Mk7 system (DoD, NNSA, LANL, LM Space, KCNSC, Pantex, AWE, Pantex).

  • Review and approve system, subsystem, or component level CAD drawings.

  • Review and approve simulation results with respect to performance requirements.

  • Create system/subsystem/component technical requirements, interface documents, and associated design definitions applying program configuration management tools (PRIME, DOORS, PDMlink, MBSE) in coordination with the requirements team.

  • Coordinate and complete the modeling, analysis, and model-based engineering activities to meet system objectives.

  • Support problem solving and issue resolution to address hardware interface challenges.

  • This position requires domestic travel, and potentially occasional international travel.

Due to the nature of work, successful candidate must be able to work onsite

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or related field plus 8 or more years’ of related experience

  • Experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • System engineering of large and complex systems

  • System design, integration and qualification

  • Nuclear weapon design and development including designing for nuclear safety and manufacturability

  • Proficiency in a CAD tool (Creo or Solidworks)

  • Proficiency in PDMLink configuration management

  • Mass properties management

  • Managing system trade studies

  • Coordinating computational modeling and simulation activities

  • Active US DOE Q security clearance and the ability to obtain additional security clearances as required (ex. SCI) which may require polygraph tests

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in system engineering of complex systems.

  • Experience working on ND programs, either in systems or component organizations.

  • Experience working on system design, development, production, or related modeling/simulation projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and work in a diverse set of technologies and fields.

  • Self-directed with strong analytical skills.

  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment showing initiative and leadership.

  • Must be able to apply strong interpersonal and communication skills working with a diverse team ranging from skilled laborers to PhD engineers/scientists.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement technical work.

  • Design and analysis for additive manufacturing.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proven ability to work effectively across technical teams, collaborate with customers and subcomponent teams, and conduct tradeoffs to identify system solutions.

  • Motivation to work with a large integrated Systems team with broad interaction.

  • Ability to negotiate competing requirements to give the best system-level outcome.

  • Ability to discover, understand and articulate constraints, options, paths-forward.

  • Commitment to operational safety, security and quality.

About Our Team:

The W93 Systems Design Department provides the design and technical maturation leadership for the W93/Mk7 system, maximising the engineering knowledge of our team members to realize a compliant and qualified system. We engage with our external design agency partners (LANL, LM Space, AWE), W93 System Integration Department (2449), and the many internal SNL customers to accomplish this monumental program objective which supports the future viability and effectiveness of our nation’s nuclear deterrent.

The W93 System Design Department partners closely with the Advanced and Exploratory Systems department which is engaged in multiple activities focused on building and demonstration of future capabilities, including those needed for W93, working with many external and internal customers and helping the laboratory to coordinate investments into research areas that will ensure the future viability and effectiveness of our nation’s nuclear deterrent.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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.


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: 688814

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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