Sandia National Laboratories Machinist (Experienced) in Livermore, California


This is a limited term assignment. These assignments are typically for up to a one-year period, with the option to extend for up to six additional years at the manager's discretion.

Performs a variety of duties in collaboration with mechanical engineers, technologists, and computer numerical control (CNC) programmers in the manufacture and machining of machine shop tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, mechanical engineering fabrications, prototypes, piece parts, production piece parts assemblies, and components. Performs skilled machining and fabrication tasks using a variety of machines and tools, analyzes data, and recommends modifications to meet desired specifications.

Designs and develops industrial machinery and equipment and machine attachments required for production or experimental use, considering such factors as accessibility, economy, mobility, and performance requirements. Performs skilled machining and fabrication tasks using a variety of machines and tools to machine, fabricate, construct, and modify machine shop tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and production piece parts. Consults with and advises engineers, CNC programmers, and tool designers on the development and modification of tools, parts, and components. Performs precision work to exacting tolerances and dimensions; recommends revisions in design or substitutions in material based on machinability, manufacturability, or fabrication problems encountered; and solves problems relating to unusual materials, work-holding arrangements, machine settings, fabrication methods, and production processes. Analyzes data and recommends modifications to components or test procedures to meet desired specifications, requirements, and design for manufacturability tenets. Lays out, fabricates, and assembles metalworking dies, molds, and machine tool fixtures by analyzing drawings, sketches, models, specifications, diagrams, and engineering or shop specifications. May use computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs to design piece parts and control machine function. Computes dimensions and determines machining and material or parts required. Checks work with a variety of precision instruments. May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures.

Skill and knowledge in mathematics, mechanics, or related technologies, such as machining, computer-aided design and manufacturing software, or metal forming techniques. Knowledge of and experience with installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining tools, machines, or equipment. Ability to read and understand written or verbal instructions, design definition, drawings, layouts, and other related specifications. Ability to understand and create CNC, CAD, and CAM programs. Knowledge of machining characteristics of materials and experience selecting materials.


Requires high school diploma plus three or more years of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Department Description:

This department is in place for the research and development of prototype machined hardware components made on industry standard milling machines, lathes, wire EDM machines, plunge EDM machines, grinders, buffers, saws, routers, and bead blaster. Hardware is typically made from a variety of industry standard inert metals, polymers, and composites materials. In rare cases hazardous materials will be handled with the guidance from industrial hygiene and waste management with controls in place.

Our mission is to provide an R to D to A (Research to Development to Application) support capability for our customers through excellence in science based engineering and manufacturing technologies. Our capabilities are aligned with Sandia's Strategic Business and Management units and focus on engineering needs of Sandia's National Security Mission. We strive to deliver goods and services that consistently exceed customer expectations.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT