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R&D Mechanical Engineer (Experienced) - Onsite

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 693377

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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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you looking to do innovative, creative, and impactful engineering? We develop advanced technologies to ensure global peace. Join us in our critical mission to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of our nation's nuclear deterrents!

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated Mechanical Engineer to help support the California Advanced & Exploratory Demonstrator Systems Team. This engineer is passionate about and able to support engineering systems development activities for future Sandia programs and work for our customers.

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

  • Plan, conduct, and execute Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

  • Create and apply scientific methods and engineering principals to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems.

  • Synthesize anticipated future deterrence needs to define weapon system and subsystem requirements.

  • Define and guide development of advanced & exploratory weapons systems architectures and layouts.

  • Conduct or direct system-level design architecture analysis that combines a number of component parts or subsystems into a complete functional system.

  • Define future technology development needs for Sandia

  • Develop advanced engineering demonstrator and/or test units, conduct testing, and analyze test results

  • Interface with external partners and stakeholders to define program goals and requirements

    Due to the nature of work, selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$130,100 - $258,900

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering or a related field with at least six years of relevant experience; Master's degree in one of the fields with at least two years relevant experience; or Ph.D. in one of these fields

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance plus additional clearances, as needed.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Requirements management, system themes, architectures, trade studies, interface definitions, qualification, and comprehensive knowledge of system integration/component

  • Developing strong/trusting relationships with external customers

  • Test design and implementation; requirements verification; functional decomposition

  • Proven technical background with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Programming in a high-level language (MATLAB, C/C++, Java, LabVIEW, Python, etc.)

  • Computer Aided Design (Solidworks, CREO, etc.)

  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

  • Hands-on testing and debugging complex systems in a lab/test facility environment

  • Mechatronics

  • Modelling and simulation code integration

  • Optimization methods and processes, trade space analysis, and decision making tools

  • Multidisciplinary Design and Analysis methods

  • Evidence of good verbal and written communication skills, including significant writing, interpersonal, and formal briefing capabilities.

  • Proven ability to work within multidisciplinary team environments and in conjunction with diverse collaborators.

  • Evidence of independent resourcefulness in the development of new ideas or programs.

  • Evidence of the ability to conduct engineering work in a systems context.

  • Evidence of successfully navigating requirements ambiguity.

  • Background and understanding of nuclear weapons across the lifecycle is desired, but training in the organization to fill experience gaps is acceptable.

About Our Team:

As part of the Nuclear Deterrents Futures Office, the California Advanced and Exploratory (A&E) Demonstrator Systems Department has the responsibility to provide system-level leadership for technology maturation for future systems at Sandia. The department is pursuing numerous activities to advance technologies and systems concepts to meet future nuclear deterrence needs through building and testing system demonstrators. System demonstrators allow Sandia to prove technology interfaces early, driving down uncertainty and risk. As part of the demonstrator systems, the team:

  • Develops innovative weapon system concepts and architectures with features resilient to future uncertainties (e.g., threat environment)

  • Designs and builds physical, functional, and flight demonstration test units for future systems

  • Provides system context and future technologies needs to internal Labs-wide research programs

    The California A&E System Demonstrator Department partner with the broader Sandia community to bridge Science and Technology capabilities with systems’ needs. The A&E Systems Group also serves as the main point of communication to LLNL and the Air Force with respect to Future System design and development. In addition, the department maintains key collaborations around the Nuclear Security Enterprise, such as KCNSC, LANL, Pantex, Y-12, STRATCOM, and intelligence partners.

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.

EEO:

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: 693377

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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Benefits

  • 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 facilities
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schools
  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • State Parks
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchises
  • Art haven
  • Proximity to SF Bay Area

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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