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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer - Mechanism Components - (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 an experienced engineer who is passionate about mechanical engineering and dreams of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team and apply your technical experience and skills towards challenges with impact to national security? If so, you are one of the R&D Mechanical Engineers we seek.

As part of the surety mechanisms group, you’ll lead the realization of unique solutions for the design and development of mechanism components---components that play a critical role in assuring the safety and security of our nation’s nuclear deterrent in a wide range of scenarios. In this experienced role, you’ll partner with engineering and research teams across the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise to design, produce, and assess these mechanically intricate components in assemblies consisting of over 100 custom-designed and built piece parts.

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

  • Lead a product realization team to field high-integrity products, meeting both technical and programmatic requirements
  • Utilize your expertise in mechanical engineering to serve as a Subject Matter Expert in areas of design, production, or analysis of components
  • Employ analytical thinking to work through ambiguous problems with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Develop innovative design concepts through requirements negotiation, trade studies, and virtual prototyping
  • Mature designs to a production-ready state through iterative design-build-test cycles and collaboration with the production agency
  • Advance new engineering processes to improve the efficiency of product development
  • Mentor and train less experienced engineers
  • Estimate, negotiate, and manage project budgets and schedules using earned value management
  • Present your work to peers, customers, and management in formal and informal settings

This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple nuclear deterrence programs. Some travel is required.


  • Master’s or PhD in mechanical engineering or a related field plus 8 years of relevant experience;

  • or Bachelor’s in a STEM field plus 12 years of relevant experience

  • Active DoE Q security clearance


  • Experience in the design, development, and production of NW mechanism components
  • Experience leading a multi-disciplinary product team in either design or production
  • Experience working with external vendors and the KCNSC production agency
  • Proficiency with design engineering skills including computer aided design/drafting, mechanical modeling/analysis, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and tolerance analysis
  • Familiarity with materials characterization techniques
  • Proven ability to interact well with diverse teams
  • Experience developing or managing project budgets and schedules
  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse teams
  • Genuine technical curiosity, and an interest and aptitude for learning more
  • Strong dedication to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

Department Description:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for the full life cycle of mechanism components for Nuclear Weapon (NW) applications. Mechanisms for which we have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, environmental sensing devices, and weapon release detection switches. We have a diverse team with wide ranges of skills and experience, and we value critical thinking skills and good mechanical insight.

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*

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*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.

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.