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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer 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 looking for a Mechanical Engineer (R&D Mechanical Engineer) to work in a collaborative environment with a multidisciplinary design team for a current life extension program (LEP) effort. This specific role will require you to be agile, with each day bringing new challenges.

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

  • Design and/or own key components

  • Interface with our systems customer on verification activities

  • Review and release drawings

  • Work with our production counterparts on fabrication challenges

  • Collaborate with our manufacturing lab or our modeling and simulation team

  • Support qualification and test activities

  • Document and defend design decisions at programmatic reviews


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant discipline with at least 3 years’ experience; or Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineer or relevant discipline and 7 years’ of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance


  • MS in mechanical, materials, or aeronautical engineering

  • Experience with composite material design and/or manufacture

  • Strong communication skills

  • Experience with product design and development

  • Experience taking a product from prototype to production

  • Experience in a production-like environment

  • Environmental test experience, including writing test plans, setting up data acquisition systems, analyzing data etc.

  • Experience coordinating multiple stakeholders (e.g. hardware, test facilities, customer etc)

  • Experience with CREO/ProEngineer

  • Experience creating and reviewing mechanical drawings

  • GD&T knowledge and practical experience including tolerance analyses

    Department Description:

The Weapons Subsystems 3 designs, prototypes and supports mechanical weapon subsystems for high consequence applications requiring exceptionally high confidence, quality and reliability. These projects support a broad mission space including assets that are critical to U.S. national security.

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.

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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.