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R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689923

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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:

*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 employing innovative technologies to solve critical national security problems? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues in the national defense and intelligence communities? If so, we invite you to explore this new and exciting opportunity in our organization!

The Electronic Systems Ops Department is seeking highly motivated Mechanical Engineers to join our dynamic team, which focuses on specialty sensor, electronics, and RF technologies for a wide variety of national security missions including both Nuclear Deterrence (ND) and Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP). The selected candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a dynamic teaming environment, sharing resources as well as programmatic responsibilities across the group.

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

  • Apply strong multi-disciplined team leadership skills, military acquisition and product delivery knowledge, and an understanding of rigorous engineering design processes to successfully address national security mission needs.

  • Act as the primary interface between systems and component/subsystem teams to drive successful design integration across all phases of the program.

  • Collaborate with Production agencies to ensure stable and smooth production.

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

  • Utilize appropriate configuration management to ensure documentation is appropriately captured and project history is maintained.

  • Produce designs, models, and product definition of complex objects.

  • Determine product requirements based on user needs.

  • Use CAD application software to develop mechanical design concepts integral to electronics and systems.

  • Evaluate design options using analysis and optimization techniques.

  • Specify materials, equipment, and suppliers required to complete product development and may evaluate vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.

  • Establish and review design methods and procedures and prepares design specifications, analyses, and recommendations for presentation and approval.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degrees in relevant STEM discipline, plus 1 year experience OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM, plus, five years or more years of directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • Current active DOE Q-level or DOD Top Secret security clearance to start.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Experience in a leadership role.

  • Knowledge and practice of formal ND product realization processes and procedures.

  • Experience with Production and Sustainment support

  • Experience with development of specifications for components and systems.

  • Previous working relationships with Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) and NNSA

  • Top-notch verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling.

  • Familiarity with delivering high rigor systems, production, product development and qualification, testing and evaluation.

About Our Team:

The RF & Electronics Systems Center (Center 5300) provides key electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military programs across Sandia and the nation. The Strategic RF Systems group (Group 5370) supports the Nation’s technology superiority strategies by delivering capabilities for global highly-reliable communications and novel advancements for future electronics. We are a highly dynamic set of departments that cross-team to provide integrated engineering systems solutions ranging from core research through prototype development and high-end, fielded products. Electronic Systems Ops Department (Department 5375) strives to:

  • Provide advanced hardware designs for strategic flight and ground systems.

  • Develop talented staff and partnerships to advance national capabilities.

  • Engage with partners to link communities and expertise for electronic components.

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: 689923

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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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