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Sandia National Laboratories Systems Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) 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 an outstanding, systems engineer with a background in mechanical engineering to join the diverse and growing W80-4 Warhead Modernization Program! Do you love the mission at Sandia but want to try a new challenge? The systems engineering position within the W80-4 program is results-oriented, meticulous, dynamic, and requires a multidisciplinary perspective with an innate curiosity to learn outside of your existing knowledge base. Having strong communication skills is a critical element within this position due to the collaborative nature of this role. We work closely with our internal and external partners to mature and execute the nuclear weapon system requirements, architecture, design, and qualification activities. Our systems teams are responsible for integration of each component into a complex system and for providing sound technical justification for all decisions.

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

  • Act as the primary interface between systems and component/subsystem teams to drive successful mechanical design integration
  • Lead development of system level design concepts, architecture, and physical layout
  • Lead mechanical test plan development, direct test execution, and performs= requirements derivation on prototypes
  • Drive component and subsystem teams’ scope of work and output and ensures higher level integration is successful
  • Develop technical requirements and interface documents for subsystems and components
  • Review and approves systems, subsystem, or component level CAD drawings
  • Review system for integration compatibility and compliance
  • Prepare presentations and other supporting documentation needed for technical reviews
  • Review and approve simulation results with respect to performance requirements
  • Represent the program while collaborating regularly with partners at Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and the US Air Force
  • Assist with cost account management/Earned Value Management as needed


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related discipline plus 2 or more years’ of related experience or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related discipline; or equivalent engineering and scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
  • Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, requirements development, or related modeling/simulation projects
  • Experience using CAD product design software – Creo/ProE, SolidWorks, etc.
  • Experience with development of product definition for components and systems
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Active DOE Q security clearance or equivalent, such as DoD Top Secret


  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team-focused environment
  • Experience managing technical projects
  • Knowledge of nuclear weapon design, analysis and testing for past and current systems
  • Experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program or a stockpile system at the system or component level
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Experience with Earned Value Management

Department Description:

The W80-4 System Integration Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center. The Weapon Systems Engineering Center is 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 W80-4 System Integration Departments are comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering. A major effort for this organization is the engineering design and development in support of a Life Extension Program for a nuclear warhead (W80-4). The W80-4 warhead will be deployed on the future U.S. Air Force Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile that will replace the existing Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)/W80 Warhead weapon system in our nation's nuclear deterrent stockpile. This is a long term program that will require close collaboration with many different departments within Sandia as well as with organizations outside of Sandia such as LLNL, NNSA, Production Facilities, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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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*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.