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W87-0 Stockpile Systems Engineer - Mechanical (Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691441

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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:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We’re seeking an experienced R&D systems engineers with a mechanical or manufacturing background.

Our team has the responsibility to plan and execute a broad and diverse portfolio of work to maintain a safe and reliable national defense. Focus areas include conducting surveillance and annual assessment reporting to national leadership. Engineers support day-to-day operations; perform test activities demonstrating compatibility with system interfaces; manage development and production of hardware and components; trouble-shooting, and problem-solving with multidisciplinary teams across the Nuclear Security Enterprise; develop new assessment technology to deepen our understanding of safety system performance; and interact closely with the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Defense to ensure that their needs are addressed.

A successful candidate will have experience that supports quickly developing a fundamental understanding of an actively fielded system and use that expertise to lead multi-disciplinary teams to plan and execute qualification, maintenance, assessment, and sustainment projects with high value to the mission. This role will present opportunities to demonstrate leadership that can support ongoing career development and personal advancement at Sandia.

Systems Engineers in the W87-0 Department will be expected to use their mechanical engineering skill set to:

  • Investigate/troubleshoot anomalies in cross-functional teams

  • Team with experts to plan, execute and analyze data from advanced experiments and modeling and simulation Analyze mechanical assemblies

  • Analyze system and subsystem architectures

  • Provide technical consultation on critical design elements

  • Integrate and test subassemblies

  • Maintain and update production documentation

  • Plan and execute testing for environmental, function, and safety qualification

  • Derive, reconcile, and track requirements with upstream and downstream interfaces

  • Present at technical design reviews and other forums

  • Represent Sandia on internal and external multi-organizational project teams

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or in a related field plus 5 years of relevant experience or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field plus 1 year of relevant experience, or combination of education and equivalent engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to travel 25% of the time

  • Demonstrated experience working with DOE, NNSA, DOD, or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers;

  • Systems or Aerospace engineering experience

  • Project management experience

  • Mechanical Engineering skills, such as: computer aided design, structural dynamics, vibration characterization, structural analysis, heat transfer analysis, laboratory measurement techniques and diagnostics, computational simulation and modeling, integration of subsystems, fabrication of prototypes, and/or performing qualification tests

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate effectively with colleagues representing various technical disciplines, including but not limited to electrical engineering, quality engineering, material science, chemistry, and physics.

About Our Team:

The W87 System Engineering Department 8487 at SNL/CA is responsible for the Stockpile Support and Stockpile Maintenance activities associated with the W87 nuclear warheads. This Systems Engineering organization performs the planning, development, integration, and coordination with the DoD customer (USAF) for the DOE, supporting the primary national defense mission of the laboratory. In this role, Department 8487 performs detailed design and analysis of structures, design and analysis of electrical subsystems, conducts experimentation and qualification of systems, subsystems, and components, and provides direction to supporting organizations within the laboratory and the production complex. Department 8487 is comprised of electrical and mechanical engineers, technologists, and administrative support staff. The multidiciplinary team relies on the expertise of individuals inside and outside of the Department to accomplish its mission using modern quality methodologies. In addition to the secure officespace, the Department owns a mechanical laboratory in the Test Assembly Group (TAG) area and the Directorate 8200 electrical laboratories.

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.


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: 691441

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  • 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

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