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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical 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.


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team.

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

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

  • Support production qualification of explosive components

  • Contribute to production problem-solving efforts

  • Engage in process/production improvement activities

  • Work with external suppliers to produce development or Mark Quality product

  • Provide input to explosive component design, qualification, and surveillance activities.


  • Bachelor's and Master's degree in mechanical engineering or related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject area or equivalent combination of experience/education

  • Ability to travel (occasional to frequent).


  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject area (thesis option preferred)

  • Training in subject areas related to explosive components, including mechanical design, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and shock physics

  • Familiarity with engineering drawings, including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information and decisions

  • Familiarity with formal problem-solving methods

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

  • Familiarity with explosive component technologies, materials, evaluation methods, and related hazards

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

  • Active security clearance (DOE Q or DoD Top Secret preferred).

    Department Description:

Department 2557, Explosive Component Production Science and Technology, is responsible for explosive component production and planning, and preparation for acceptance activities. In addition, the department plays a key role in production analytics and in supplier capability assessment and development. The department manages building 905, including facilities operations planning (e.g. facility upgrades and maintenance), explosive materials coordination, and Maintenance of Capability funding. Overlapping all of these functions are the department's responsibility for managing the Classified Work Stations in 2550, technical communications, performance assurance, and planning activities associated with internal production capabilities.

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.


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) 284-7400.