R&D Mechanical Engineer - Stockpile Logistics Systems (Experienced) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7249806 (Ref:Sa693491)

Posted: June 16, 2024

Job Description

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:

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Mechanical Engineer to become part of the Stockpile Logistics Team. You will be part of a growing team that plays a critical role in the United States Nuclear Security Enterprise and Sandia National Laboratories.

To support this critical mission, we are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to support design, development, production and technical basis opportunities. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach of systems engineering supported science, critical thinking, and partnership with several internal and external entities. This position includes interfacing with multiple internal organizations, as well as U.S. Navy, and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) customers to ensure a successful integration of Department of Energy (DOE) systems into service.

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

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams in solving high-profile technical challenges.
  • Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute complex system level environmental and functional tests.
  • Create, interpret, and update mechanical designs, environmental specifications, and system level documentation using the Sandia ND drawing and authorization system.
  • Analyze test data and system performance against design requirements.
  • Direct detailed study toward a greater knowledge and understanding of the technical basis of the system and related hardware.
  • Experience using engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.
  • Interface with the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, DoD contractors, the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), and Pantex on various topics including design, testing approaches, requirements, and test facility planning.
  • Some travel to locations including, but not limited to Livermore CA, Los Alamos, NM, Amarillo, TX, Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO is required for this position.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite full-time in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*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:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or a relevant STEM discipline, plus one (1) year of professional experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • A commitment to fostering a culturally and technically diverse atmosphere.
  • Ability to integrate into and work effectively across multiple technical teams.
  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a constantly evolving, fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with product development and qualification, testing and evaluation, and modeling and simulation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver briefings to customers and various levels of management.
  • A desire to continuously learn and improve.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Weapon Systems.

About Our Team:

Our mission is to Realize the W76-1/-2 ALT939 and W88 ALT940 ISA Scope. Responsibilities include all aspects of systems engineering, encompassing planning and execution of all qualification activities including test and modeling & simulation and ensuring the weapon systems remain safe, secure, and reliable as they are entered into service. The team provides the systems engineering expertise and support for the ALT939 and ALT940 and is the direct interface to the customer and partner sites as the System Integrator. The department manages collaborative activities and interfacing with Over-the-Road (OTR) organizations to accomplish transportation integration activities. We also partner with technical organizations across Sandia National Laboratories, including other system groups, stockpile surveillance, materials research, science and engineering, and computational modeling and simulation, to execute our mission. In addition, we partner with external stakeholders, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Defense and its contractors, Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus and Pantex Production plants, to ensure the continued success of the programs.

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: 693491

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posting number:#7249806 (Ref:Sa693491)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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