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Sandia National Laboratories ECSE CAD Designer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


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You could be the CADD Technologist we are seeking to join our dynamic team of engineers and scientists developing leading-edge technologies in Pulsed Power Sciences. Are you passionate about mechanical design and the creation and configuration management of 3D models, detailed drawings, layouts and illustrations? If so, you will want to consider this opportunity to design new components applying engineering principles and processes to satisfy fit, form and function requirements in collaborative environment with engineering and design partners!

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

  • Create 3D models and drawings to build next generation accelerators such as ECSE and Z-Next (NGPPF) in the future

  • Partner with engineers and scientist in developing designs

  • Support daily requirements in operation and maintenance of existing accelerators, to include the Z Machine

  • Work successfully across a wide variety of technical teams

  • Collaborate with procurement, manufacturing and suppliers to discuss design, schedule, manufacturing processes and materials selections to ensure contractual agreements are understood and achievable

  • Manage documentation in collaborative engineering environment utilizing product data management tools along with engineering authorization and approval processes and procedures

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!


  • High school diploma or equivalent and three or more years of relevant experience

  • Experience in creating mechanical product design definition to include 3D solid models and mechanical drawings

  • Experience with Solidworks and/or PTC/CREO

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance


  • Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or equivalent experience

  • Five or more years of experience in designing and producing hardware

  • Experience with PDMLink (Windchill) and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Experience with foundational engineering principles related to design, manufacturing, and configuration management

  • Must be able to independently seek definition, evaluate, analyze, and then realize mechanical designs, definitions, and products

  • Experience with Pulsed Power Systems (mechanical systems in extreme high current and voltage environments such as accelerators or Z)

  • Proven record of demonstrating initiative and getting results

  • Knowledge of relevant Sandia procedures, standards, and guides

  • Ability to work in energetic and high-performance teaming environment

  • Experience directing and overseeing fabrication of hardware

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to present to diverse audiences

  • Currently hold DoE Q security clearance or equivalent

  • Department Description:

    The Pulsed Power Sciences Center (1600) is accountable for advancing the understanding, development, and application of pulsed power for the missions of the nuclear weapons program. The Center also utilizes its major experimental, theoretical, and computational capabilities to meet the national security and fundamental science needs of diverse Sandia and external customers. Center 1600 is Sandia's primary organization for research in High Energy Density Physics (HEDP), Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), Advanced Radiography, Pulsed Power Science and Technology, and Fusion Technologies.

    The Pulsed Power Engineering and Design Organization (1690) supports the engineering needs for the Pulsed Power Sciences Center by providing advanced engineering, design, and documentation services supporting current and future pulsed power machine development and maintenance. Additionally, the departments support other Sandia groups and external partners with engineering services by performing analysis, testing, and design. We provide the technical expertise needed to deliver and support robust, cost-effective pulsed power systems services. We maintain the required mechanical engineering and design staff needed to design, deliver, and support state-of-the-art pulsed power systems.

    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.