Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer-Security Systems & Analysis (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? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking Mechanical Engineers to join our diverse team and provide support to innovative projects. You will have a strong educational or professional background in cutting-edge sensing, mechanical-electrical designs, and data fusion technologies, along with seamless component integration into a high-performance system.

You may travel up to 25% of the time in this role.


  • You have an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline
  • Your background includes experience with mechanical-electrical design and data fusion technologies
  • You possess experience with component integration into a high-performance system
  • Your skillset includes experience in field testing, technology development, and system integration work
  • You can obtain a DOE Q security clearance


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively at all levels (written and verbal)
  • Strong academic background (degree discipline, GPA, and graduation dates will be included in your resume for consideration)
  • Ability to excel within a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Desire to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Ability to participate equally well in a follower or leadership role
  • Active security clearance

Department Description:

The Security System Analysis & Engineering Department, (6513) is a component of Sandia's Weapons & Force Protection Center. Department 6513 is responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of complex physical security systems to protect critical DoD and DOE assets and defense capabilities. The department provides project management and domain authorities in the area of risk analysis, intrusion detection, video assessment, communications, entry control and Alarm Communication and Display, and response force planning. These domain authorities are developed internally with extensive hands on training and external educational opportunities.

Department employees have the ability to lead and/or participate as an authority in vulnerability/risk analysis studies, engineering studies, system design, Sensor and access control component testing, development, and integration of complex physical security systems (PSS) for DoD, DOE and other government agencies. Electrical, Mechanical, Systems, and Civil Engineers primarily fill these roles. This department is currently working with the DOE, US Navy, US Air Force, and US Army to improve the effectiveness of critical asset protection at CONUS/OCONUS installations through several multi-million-dollar initiatives.

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) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.