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R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688715

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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:

$88,600 - $172,300 *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:

Are you passionate about mission success and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for the nation’s security? If so, you could be one of the highly motivated engineers we seek!

The Firing Sets and Controllers Organization (07626) supports Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission as the design agency (DA) for Firing Sets, Impact Sensors, and Controllers for in-production and fielded systems. We are seeking to fill technical staff positions with talented engineers who are looking to partner with the production agency and systems customers to evaluate the impacts of manufacturing nonconformances on the performance of our components, assess aging characteristics of fielded assemblies, and improve our designs for manufacturability. In this role, you will have an opportunity to own or contribute to resolution of problems critical to production of ND hardware. This position will allow the selected candidate to gain exposure to multiple fielded systems at various stages of development and production.

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

  • Utilize engineering principles to evaluate test results of performance parameters

  • Provide ownership and direction for designs

  • Coordinate with system customers, production agencies, and other stakeholders to support the disposition of nonconforming parts

  • Partner with the production agency to identify opportunities to implement design for manufacturability principles and update design definition

  • Communicate technical information and/or project status to team members, customers, and management

  • Troubleshoot and evaluate testing failures and defects

  • Proactively identify risks and establish handling plans and mitigation strategies

  • Influence the design of development components by generating design guides, reviewing designs for compliance with design-for-manufacturing principles, participating in engineering working groups, and providing critical technical reviews

  • Engage production agency engineering staff and review production metrics to identify and implement continuous improvements such as process or design changes.

  • Perform statistical analysis of engineering test data to identify potential trends, outliers, and other data anomalies

  • Maintain product definition using engineering change orders

This position provides an opportunity to demonstrate leadership, develop technical skills, interface with leadership across the NSE for multiple ND programs, and collaborate with engineering research teams across the NSE.

You will also support strategic planning activities to improve the execution of production support. Some travel is required.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering

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

  • Ability to acquire and maintain Sigma 15 access

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s or PhD in Mechanical Engineering plus (1) years of relevant experience; or Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering plus (5) years of relevant experience

  • Experience with production of firing sets, impact sensors, and/or controllers

  • Experience with the Nuclear Deterrent RPP processes

  • Experience with using PRIME for Engineering Authorizations such as SXRs, SIERs, ACOs, and FCOs

  • Experience working in a production or manufacturing environment

  • Experience working with the Kansas City National Security Campus

  • Experience troubleshooting mechanical hardware issues

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: environmental (e.g., climatic, vibration, mechanical shock) testing, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) principles and application, mechanical inspection and measurement techniques, electronic packaging, structural analysis, root cause analysis, statistical data analysis, design-for-manufacturing

  • Knowledge or experience with design for manufacturing principles

  • Demonstrated attention to detail

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask with competing priorities

  • Ability to work on cross-organizational/multidisciplinary teams

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DoD Top Secret/CNWDI

About Our Team:

The Firing & Embedded Systems group (7620) is a recognized leader in realizing safe, secure, and reliable products. We research, design, develop, and deliver highly reliable, trusted systems and high consequence hardware and software products to serve our National Security customers today, tomorrow, and always.

Our technical backgrounds are diverse. Some of us have spent years focusing on the fine details of particular technologies and are recognized as nation-level specialists. Some of us are generalists and support multiple projects–keeping things connected and developing new skills.

Our teams are comprised of specialists and generalists working together, and it is easy to shift between projects and technical roles over time.

If this environment sounds appealing, we’d like to meet you!

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:

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.

Job ID: 688715

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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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