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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Design Engineer (Experienced) 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.


Are you passionate about working in a high functioning, inter-disciplinary collaborative team in engineering? If so, join our team! We are seeking a highly-motivated, professional R&D Mechanical Design Engineer to support our systems!

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

  • Work with customers to negotiate technical requirements for new explosive component applications

  • Utilize internal prototyping and testing capabilities to evaluate performance, safety, and/or shelf-life aspects of design concepts

  • Develop and manage product definition (graphic drawings and specifications) for explosive components under development or in production

  • Support the production and testing of development pedigree hardware to demonstrate that requirements are met

  • Contribute to problem-solving efforts related to the design, qualification, production, and surveillance of explosive components

  • Work with external suppliers to deliver Mark Quality product as part of the Nuclear Deterrent (ND) mission

  • Travel occasionally


  • Masters in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related engineering and science fields plus 1 year of relevant experiences OR a Bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and 5 years relevant experience or a PhD in one of the listed fields

  • Active DOE Q Level Security Clearance.


  • Experience with explosive component technologies, related materials and manufacturing processes, evaluation methods, and related hazards

  • Experience with developing and interpreting engineering drawings, including familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Experience with the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) product realization process, including design, development, qualification, and quantity production

  • Experience participating on multidisciplinary (e.g., electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, etc.) teams to achieve project goals

  • Experience with formal problem-solving methods

  • Familiarity with the surveillance of nuclear weapon components or subsystems, including the Significant Finding Investigation (SFI) process

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information and decisions to customers, stakeholders, and peers

  • Familiarity with relevant component production processes, including glass-to-metal sealing, machining, resistance welding, laser welding, plastic molding and encapsulation/potting

    Department Description:

Department 7553 is one of three Departments that has Mission responsibility for all explosive components in the nuclear weapons stockpile. All three departments (7552, 7553, and 7554) are located in the new Explosive Components Facility (ECF), Bldg. 905. We carry out a broad range of research, development, and application activities on explosive phenomena, the chemistry of explosives, explosive detection, surety, surveillance, component development and advanced explosive systems. We serve a large and diverse customer set that includes many Sandia organizations, the DOE complex, DoD agencies, and commercial partners. Department 7553 has primary responsibility for design, production and evaluation of detonating components that use high explosives. We are also responsible for acceptance systems and procedures for these components.

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:

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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status 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.