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R&D S&E, Mechanical Design Engineer - Surety Mechanisms (PRT/Technical Lead)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688704

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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:

Do you have a passion for mission success, and enjoy solving multifaceted problems by leading from the front? Do you want to apply leadership and program management principles to align internal and external stakeholders to address emerging issues and meet deliverables? If so, you are one of the PRT Leads we seek.

We are seeking to hire experienced engineers into staff leadership roles as component Product Realization Team (PRT) Leads.

As part of the surety mechanisms group, you’ll ensure the continued delivery 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 role, you’ll collaborate with engineering and research teams across the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise to produce, assess, troubleshoot, and drive continuous improvement for these mechanically intricate components in assemblies consisting of over 100 custom-designed and built piece parts.

This position would involve leading a mechanism technology team, interfacing with production counterparts and reporting to customers.

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

  • Lead staff and technologists towards key milestones for safety critical components of Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Systems

  • Utilize your expertise in mechanical engineering to field high-integrity products, meeting both technical and programmatic requirements

  • Employ analytical thinking to lead resolution of ambiguous problems with a multi-disciplinary team

  • Maintain the design intent of Mark Quality hardware through requirements negotiation and trade studies while engaging with relevant stakeholders

  • Lead investigations and resolution of anomalies through analysis and testing

  • Present your work to peers, customers, and management in formal and informal settings

  • Use sound project management skills to provide structure to your PRT’s activity level work so the team can prioritize and execute properly

  • Identify project risk so that appropriate handling and mitigation strategies can be developed, communicated, and executed

This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple nuclear deterrence programs. Some travel is required, but not extensive.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s or PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline plus 5 years of relevant experience;

  • or Bachelor’s in a STEM discipline plus 9 years of relevant experience

  • Active DoE Q security clearance

  • Experience in leading diverse teams through production phases

  • Experience in the design, development, and production of ND components, subsystems, or systems

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience working with external vendors and the KCNSC production agency

  • Experience working with and reporting to high-level customers

  • Experience in leading diverse teams through the ND Production Lifecycle

  • Experience leading a multi-disciplinary team

  • Basic proficiency with computer aided design/drafting

  • Experience with mechanical modeling/analysis approaches and tools (e.g., commercial FEA software)

  • Proficiency with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and tolerance analysis

  • Familiarity with materials characterization techniques

  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly-written reports and deliver well-articulated briefings

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse teams and across differing communication styles

  • Genuine technical curiosity, and an interest and aptitude for learning more

  • Strong commitment to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

  • A mission success focus that you can instill and maintain in a group of peers

About Our Team:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for the full life-cycle of mechanism components for ND applications. Mechanisms for which we have design responsibility include unique signal stronglinks, 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 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: 688704

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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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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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