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R&D Mechanical Engineer - W76-0 Systems (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691247

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced R&D Mechanical Engineer to become part of the W76-0 weapon system team. You will be part of a growing team that plays a critical role in the United States Nuclear Security Enterprise and Sandia National Laboratories.

To support this critical mission, we are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to support potential design and development opportunities and sustainment and tech basis testing. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach of systems engineering supported by deep science. This position also includes interfacing with Navy and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) customers.

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

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams in solving high-profile technical challenges.

  • Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute complex system level environmental and functional tests.

  • Create, interpret, and update mechanical designs, environmental specifications, and system level documentation using the Sandia ND drawing and authorization system.

  • Analyze test data and system performance against design requirements.

  • Direct detailed studies toward a greater knowledge and understanding of the technical basis of the system and related hardware.

  • Experience using engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.

  • Interface with the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, DoD contractors, the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), and Pantex on various topics including design, testing approaches, requirements, and test facility planning.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering; OR Master’s degree in stated field, plus one (1) year of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • A commitment to fostering a culturally and technically diverse atmosphere.

  • Ability to integrate into and work effectively across multiple technical teams.

  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a constantly evolving, fast-paced environment.

  • Familiarity with product development and qualification, testing and evaluation, and modeling and simulation.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver briefings to customers and various levels of management.

  • A desire to continuously learn and improve.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Weapon Systems.

About Our Team:

The W76-0 Stockpile Systems Engineering teams directly support the Nuclear Deterrence mission through annual assessment of the Systems’ safety and reliability and providing design agency engineering support for the production agencies. The deployment extension of the W76-0 weapon system is a key challenge and provides great opportunities for success and freedom to innovate. We partner with technical organizations across Sandia National Laboratories, including other system groups, stockpile surveillance, materials research, science and engineering, and computational modeling and simulation, to design and execute aging, reliability, and safety studies. In addition, we partner with external stakeholders, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Defense and its contractors, Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus and Pantex Production plants, to ensure the continued success of the W76-0/Mk4 Deterrence mission.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Job ID: 691247

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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

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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
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