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Sandia National Laboratories Research & Development, Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking R&D, Mechanical Engineer in the Geothermal Research Department to assist with the design and implementation of lab and/or field experiments set up for testing of small-scale flow through engineered geometries. You will work with a dynamic team to do innovative and creative work using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Are you ready for a challenge and willing to do creative research? Join this team of high performing individuals and make a difference.

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

  • Work with group members on various experimental design (mechanical, electrical and fluids related);
  • Perform experimental execution and data analysis;
  • Search, collect, organize, and analyze large datasets;
  • Work within and lead multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Communicate technical principles;
  • Define customer needs, prioritize the work of the group, and deliver on commitments;
  • Lead and participate in work proposals;
  • Develop effective solutions to complex technical problems;
  • Conduct and complete research independently.


  • Master's in a relevant Science, Technology, or Engineering discipline; OR Bachelor’s degree in relevant Science, Technology or Engineering discipline plus 4 or more years of relevant experience;
  • Experience conducting laboratory and/or field scale testing;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal direction in a team environment;
  • Experience with CAD software – preferably Solidworks;
  • Instrumentation system development and testing;
  • Familiarity with test control systems, primarily National Instruments/LabView;
  • Field test experience;
  • Experience in fabrication, testing, and troubleshooting of electronic and/or electromechanical systems;
  • Geothermal, oil & gas, or other geological/geotechnical experience;
  • Proven ability to analyze and ability to learn new skills as projects require;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and teaming skills with the ability to work in an ever-changing and dynamic environment;
  • Proven ability to develop creative solutions to a diverse range of problems.

Department Description:

The Geothermal Research Department is an organization that delivers unique solutions for customers who require components and systems capable of operating in harsh and often high-temperature environments. The historical mission of the department was to address technology needs related to the development of geothermal energy (a baseload renewable energy resource); in particular accessing, monitoring and engineering of geothermal resources in subsurface geologic environments. This mission continues, but the capabilities of the organization have also been leveraged to address other issues of national importance. Current activities are broad in scope and require the efforts of multidisciplinary technical teams with expertise in mechanical engineering, drilling technologies, electronics, geosciences, materials, sensors, and explosives/propellants.Examples of areas being addressed by the department include:-Improving the performance of drilling technologies in hard-rock environments.-Development of high-temperature electronic and electromechanical systems for drilling, logging and monitoring.-Environmentally friendly reservoir simulation technology development.Our customer base spans a wide variety of governmental and private sponsors, and we work closely with the geothermal power industry, oil & gas developers, service companies, other national laboratories and academia. In addition, the department maintains and continually updates a wide variety of unique testing capabilities for evaluation of technologies in simulated downhole environments.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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.