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Sandia National Laboratories Telemetry Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, California

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Who We Are

The mission is why you come; the people are why you stay!

At Sandia National Laboratories, the magnitude of our mission is immense. Working in Telemetry, your contributions will directly impact national security by ensuring the reliability of America’s nuclear stockpile. We have an amazing interdisciplinary team ready to attack the next big engineering challenge thrown our way and are always on the lookout for the next great creative-tinkerer or innovative-designer that we can help grow into specialists and leaders within the inclusive, family-like culture we’ve built.

With a wide-array of on-going projects and new projects on the horizon, opportunity abounds to hone your current skills and grow new skills; and because our telemetry units interact with all aspects of nuclear weapon systems, you get to learn and see the big picture down to the smallest components across the weapon lifecycle. If you believe you’re up for the challenge and can excel in our team-focused, mission-critical Telemetry projects, we’d love to meet you!

What We Do

Our telemetry systems staff design, develop, and qualify weapon system instrumentation (or telemetry systems) for use in Joint Test Assembly (JTA) surveillance flight tests, system-level ground tests, and researched-based experimental flight tests for all U.S. nuclear deterrent systems. Telemetry systems interface with the weapon systems to collect and transmit performance data, state of health data, and custom sensor data in combined environment tests. As a cornerstone of the Stockpile Evaluation Program, our JTA efforts allow critical assessment of weapon systems hardware and processes and Department of Defense (DoD) platforms.

What We Need

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will be part of a team responsible for the design, test, and verification of the mechanical aspects of the telemetry design, as well as support fixture development, procedural documentation, and fabrication efforts. Telemetry units are highly integrated electro-mechanical designs that must function through severe environments. The ability to work with a cross-functional engineering team is essential to success.

On any given day, you may:

  • Team with stakeholders to understand and document system needs and requirements for Telemetry HW.

  • Perform hands-on work with Telemetry product through fabrication and test activities.

  • Use CREO to design and model Telemetry product.

  • Perform and analyze FEA and thermal simulations.

  • Create test plans, test, and document to characterize mechanical performance of designed HW.

  • Work with vendors and Sandia buyers to procure development product.

  • Work with MCAD and the product definition team to create and authorize product drawings.

  • Investigate and resolve production issues on new and existing product with production agencies and vendors.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related discipline plus 7 years of related experience or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related discipline plus 3 years of related experience, or equivalent: engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • Demonstrated experience working with multi-discipline teams.

  • Demonstrated experience developing or executing procedures associated with high value hardware (flight, customer deliverable, production).

  • Demonstrated experience drafting drawings using GD&T per ASME Y14.5.

  • Ability to travel for business, either never or rarely.

  • Ability to receive DOE Top Secret ‘Q’ Security Clearance.

  • Ability to work on-site 50%-100% of the time at the Livermore, CA facility

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Top Secret ‘Q’ Security Clearance or other transferable U.S. Government Clearance

  • Understanding of Nuclear Weapons and Joint Test Assembly design principles.

  • Demonstrated experience designing, testing, or fabricating aerospace hardware.

  • Demonstrated experience with testing in the following fields or similar: vibration, shock, thermal, vacuum, centrifuge.

  • Demonstrated experience developing test plans and procedures for validation or verification of requirement sets.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and evaluating time history data in both the time and frequency domain.

About Our Team:

Sandia California's Telemetry and Stockpile Support Department develops and maintains telemetry systems in support of the nuclear deterrence surveillance mission. Telemetry systems has responsibility for all aspects of telemetry development, including conceptual design, prototype development and testing, and transitioning production work to DOE production agencies. Telemetry systems integrate precision sensor electronics and signal conditioning with RF communication systems to support flight testing of Joint Test Assemblies. Work is performed by teams of electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, in partnership with quality engineering, reliability engineering, and project management. Current development mission assignments include the W88 ALT370 JTA8 project, the W78 JTA6R project, and the W76 JTA3 project. Stockpile support oversees the quality, reliability, and availability of all qualified telemetry systems that are being used in the on-going surveillance mission.

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.


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.

Job ID: 681965