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Entry Level Mechanical Engineer - Telemetry Systems

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691917

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Who We Are

The mission is why you come; the people are why you stay!

At Sandia National Laboratories, the magnitude of our mission is immense. Working in Telemetry, your contributions will directly impact national security by ensuring the reliability of America’s nuclear stockpile. We have an amazing interdisciplinary team ready to attack the next big engineering challenge thrown our way and are always on the lookout for the next great creative-tinkerer or innovative-designer that we can help grow into specialists and leaders within the inclusive, family-like culture we’ve built.

With a wide-array of on-going projects and new projects on the horizon, opportunity abounds to hone your current skills and grow new skills; and because our telemetry units interact with all aspects of nuclear weapon systems, you get to learn and see the big picture down to the smallest components across the weapon lifecycle. If you believe you’re up for the challenge and can excel in our team-focused, mission-critical Telemetry projects, we’d love to meet you!

What We Do

Our telemetry systems staff design, develop, and qualify weapon system instrumentation (or telemetry systems) for use in Joint Test Assembly (JTA) surveillance flight tests, system-level ground tests, and researched-based experimental flight tests for all U.S. nuclear deterrent systems. Telemetry systems interface with the weapon systems to collect and transmit performance data, state of health data, and custom sensor data in combined environment tests. As a cornerstone of the Stockpile Evaluation Program, our JTA efforts allow critical assessment of weapon systems hardware and processes and Department of Defense (DoD) weapon delivery platforms.

What We Need

As an entry-level mechanical engineer, you will be on a team responsible for the design, test, and verification of the mechanical aspects of the telemetry design, as well as support fixture development, procedural documentation, and fabrication efforts. Telemetry units are highly integrated electro-mechanical designs that must function through severe environments on DoD missiles and aircraft. The ability to work with a cross-functional engineering team and a wide array of stakeholders is essential to success.

A successful candidate would have skills and experience with the following:

  • Strong design skills in CAD (CREO preferred)

  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing knowledge

  • Experience designing for multiple manufacturing processes including machined aluminum and 3D printing

  • Mechanical Testing and Data Analysis

  • Demonstrated strong documentation related to product development within a quality management system

  • Strong desire to learn

    On any given day, you may:

  • Team with stakeholders to understand and document system needs and requirements for Telemetry HW.

  • Use critical thinking to troubleshoot both mechanical and electromechanical issues with the product and help provide solutions.

  • Perform hands-on work with Telemetry product through fabrication and test activities.

  • Use CREO to design and model Telemetry product.

  • Perform and analyze FEA and thermal simulations.

  • Create test plans, test, and document to characterize mechanical performance of designed HW.

  • Analyze test data and contribute to test reports and reviews.

  • Work with vendors and Sandia buyers to procure development product.

  • Work with MCAD and the product definition team to create and authorize product drawings.

  • Investigate and resolve production issues on new and existing product with production agencies and vendors.

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant engineering discipline

  • Ability to travel for business up to 25% time

  • Ability to receive DOE Top Secret ‘Q’ Security Clearance

  • Demonstrated experience with a software design tool(s)

  • Ability to work on-site at the Livermore, CA facility up to 100% of time

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated breadth of knowledge in Mechanical Engineering and other engineering disciplines through school projects or work experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with and across a broad range of stakeholders, especially in a government setting

  • Active DOE Top Secret ‘Q’ Security Clearance or other transferable U.S. Government Clearance

  • Understanding of Nuclear Weapons and Joint Test Assembly design principles

About Our Team:

Sandia California's Telemetry and Stockpile Support Department develops and maintains telemetry systems in support of the nuclear deterrence surveillance mission. Telemetry systems has responsibility for all aspects of telemetry development, including conceptual design, prototype development and testing, and transitioning production work to DOE production agencies. Telemetry systems integrate precision sensor electronics and signal conditioning with RF communication systems to support flight testing of Joint Test Assemblies. Work is performed by teams of electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, in partnership with quality engineering, reliability engineering, and project management.

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.

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.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 691917

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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 California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
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  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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