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Mechanical Design Engineer, H-Gear (Early Career)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691548

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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:

We are seeking an engineer to join our Handling and Test Gear (H&T-Gear) Engineering Group (8448)! Our team develops and maintains Handling and Test Gear for DoD use in the field. The ideal candidate will have experience designing, building and testing mechanical hardware and can expect to work with a team of engineers to take designs from idea through production.

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

  • Design a critical piece of H or T gear

  • Build prototypes of your designs

  • Review and redline drawings

  • Develop and execute tests to verify your designs

  • Resolve production challenges

  • Partner with engineers at Sandia and across the complex to ensure the success of the project

Qualifications We Require:

  • Masters degree in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

  • Hands on design and/or manufacturing internship or extracurricular activity (e.g. Labs, clubs etc)

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

  • Ability to obtain a Q-Clearance and Sigma 15 access

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience designing mechanical hardware, including machined and/or welded assemblies, fixtures, tooling, handling gear etc.

  • Experience with computer aided design tools (Creo/ProE, SolidWorks etc.)

  • Experience getting hardware manufactured and working through production challenges

  • Experience building and assembling hardware you designed

  • 1-3 years relevant work experience

  • Electrical engineering experience

  • Experience creating, interpreting, and reviewing drawings, including GD&T

  • Environmental testing experience (writing test plans, data acquisition, executing tests)

  • Familiarity with computational simulation and modeling tools

  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling

About Our Team:

Sandia/California’s Handling Gear Engineering Department develops and supports advanced electronic and mechanical subsystems to support the Nuclear Weapons Program. Our group is responsible for handling gear, test gear, and weapon container development; certification; and stockpile support for all weapons in the nuclear stockpile. These responsibilities include ensuring that every weapon and weapon subsystem is managed and transported in a safe and secure manner according to recognized standards. With over 15 active projects supporting every major Life Extension Program and Alteration, combined with more than 220 fielded pieces of H-Gear supporting the active stockpile, the H-Gear team provides a continuously challenging, rewarding and dynamic work environment. The various Components & Systems Engineering Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Engineering Centers which are responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The departments are comprised of groups of dedicated and motivated engineers with technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering.

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.

Job ID: 691548

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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
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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