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Sandia National Laboratories Mechanical Engineer - Handling Gear (Experienced) in Livermore, California


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.


We are seeking a very hands-on R&D Mechanical Engineer for the Handling Gear (H-Gear) Engineering Group (8447), to perform a wide range of mechanical engineering activities in support of the design, development, testing, fielding, and sustainment of Handling Gear (containers, below the hook lifting devices, specialized tooling, etc.) and Test Gear (pressure testers, digital ohmmeters, gas monitors, etc.) for DoD use in the field.

The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team environment with various partners across the weapons complex to design and develop H-Gear solutions that balance performance, cost, manufacturability, complexity, etc. We are looking for design-savvy engineers who either want to stay design-focused and help develop our new wave of H and T Gear, or who want to branch into the team leadership side, managing people and projects to completion. The engineer will work on one or more projects, that typically range from individual assignments to five-person efforts, and last from one to five years in duration. Staff members in this and similar positions have opportunities to advance their technical and subject matter expertise, and to fill roles that require increasing levels of technical responsibility, project management skills, and interfacing with customers, sponsors, line, and program management.

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

  • Work with the weapon programs to define, negotiate and document customer needs and requirements.
  • Translate technical requirements to design concepts (storage containers, below the hook lifting devices, maintenance stands, purge and backfill pressure systems, specialized tooling, etc.) using 3D modeling, and prototype the designs through 3D printing, building up mock hardware or other prototyping. This involves creating designs with machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, tolerancing,
  • Perform testing and design verification, working with test labs, instrumenting hardware, writing test procedures and test reports, etc.
  • Working with vendors and the production agency (Kansas City National Security Campus) to integrate design for manufacturing improvements, build development and production hardware and work through production issues.
  • Lead and participate in reviews of drawings with the drafting and design teams.
  • Organize and present in high level project reviews of the H-Gear hardware at component reviews throughout the full design and development process
  • Partner with entities across the NW complex to ensure the success of the project.
  • Provide technical communication and give effective technical presentations to management, NNSA, DoD and other organizations on project status, updates and design progression through the full design and development process (Component Development Review, Baseline Design Review, Final Design Review, etc.).
  • Support Military Liaison Office with development of technical publications including field training and feedback sessions with the DoD.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline with at least 5 years' relevant experience; or Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in a STEM discipline with at least 1 year relevant experience.
  • Experience in Mechanical product design and realization (from concept generation to production), including creation, interpretation, and review of production drawings and tolerancing.
  • Experience with modeling tools and/or computer aided design tools (Creo/ProE, SolidWorks etc.)
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Ability to obtain a Q-Clearance and Sigma 15 access.


  • Design experience with designing large and small machined and welded assemblies, fixturing, handling gear, etc.
  • Environmental testing experience.
  • Familiarity with computational simulation and modeling tools.
  • Top-notch verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear andcompelling.
  • Experience leading in a team environment and collaborating with internal and external entities as well as with external production facilities and suppliers.
  • Experience working in or with the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) and/or the Department ofDefense.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management.

Department Description:

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, lifted, 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.

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*

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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.