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Sandia National Laboratories Surety Mechanism Analysis Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security? If so, you are the R&D Mechanical Engineer we seek. As part of the surety mechanisms group, you’ll help craft unique solutions that assure the safety and security of our nation’s nuclear deterrent in a wide range of scenarios. You’ll collaborate with engineering and research teams across the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise to analyze, design, and assess components with complex mechanical interactions in assemblies of over 100 custom designed/built piece parts. Candidates applying on this requisition may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several organizations at Sandia.

On any given day, you would be expected to:

  • Provide virtual prototypes of surety components.
  • Utilize advanced modeling tools to solve complex engineering challenges.
  • Analyze data in support of design, production, and stockpile assessments.
  • Develop new methods for surety component assessment.
  • Promote judicious test strategies that increase understanding while reducing risk and cost.
  • Identify vulnerabilities and support failure analyses.
  • Document analyses rigorously.
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

To maximize versatility and long-term impact to the organization, an individual is sought that also has the training and desire to work more generally as a design engineer. This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple nuclear deterrence programs. Some travel is required.

Candidates applying on this requisition may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.


  • Master’s in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline; or Bachelor’s in a related STEM discipline plus 4 years’ experience.


  • PhD in mechanical engineering.
  • Experience or familiarity with rigid multi-body dynamic modeling software such as LMC Virtual Lab Motion or Adams.
  • Experience developing test strategies and utilizing test data for model validation.
  • Experience with design optimization, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty propagation, or the use of surrogate models.
  • Experience in the design, development, and production of mechanical products.
  • Basic proficiency with computer aided design.
  • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and tolerance analysis.
  • Proven ability to interact well with diverse teams.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly-written reports and briefings.
  • Active DOE Q security clearance.

Department Description:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for the full life cycle of mechanism components for Nuclear Weapon (NW) applications. Mechanisms for which we have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, 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 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*

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*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, disability, or veteran status.