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R& D, Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


The Wind Energy Technologies Department is looking for an experienced technical staff member to help us improve the performance of current wind turbines and to develop the next generation of wind turbine blades\. The successful candidate would commonly be found in Mechanical Engineering, however, we will also consider Aeronautical or Electrical Engineers with the required/desired skills\.

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

+ Accept responsibility, take charge of assignments, and work them to completion in an accurate and effective manner;
+ Be self\-motivated, detail\-oriented, eager to learn about wind energy technologies, and interested in technical/functional details;
+ Be able to manage project budgets, schedules, plans, and communications;
+ Create/manage complex documentation challenges and have experience with field collection of data and/or test data analysis;
+ Perform work planning, hazard analysis, and safety planning\.


+ Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline;
+ Master's degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical, Engineering Technology or Electrical Engineering; or Bachelor's degree in these areas with equivalent experience;
+ Ability to obtain a DOE L\-level security clearance\.
+ Must be able and willing to travel up to 25% of the time \(primarily to our test site in Lubbock, TX\)


+ Motivation to learn about wind energy technologies;
+ Must be self\-motivated, hard\-working, detail\-oriented and thorough;
+ Must be willing to seek and accept responsibility and to adapt to changing priorities;
+ Must be willing to perform elevated work, such as within a wind turbine or meteorological tower;
+ Demonstrated ability to work as a contributor to a technical team
+ Experience with the following:

- Aerodynamic measurements;
- Electro\-mechanical systems;
- Control systems;
- National Instruments Veristand;
- Detailed test instrumentation and troubleshooting;
- Test design, planning, data analysis and documentation;
- Hazard analysis;
- Software programming;
- Digital signal processing;
- Mechanical structural analysis;
- Electrical/electronic troubleshooting;
+ Experience with project management \(including project communications, budgets, schedules, and plans\)\.

Department Description:

The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies\. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations and has been assigned the leadership role by DOE for wind rotor development\. The team performs R&D on blade materials, airfoil design, structural analysis and design, and manufacturing processes\. The department partners with universities in the areas of composite materials, aero\-dynamics, probabilistic analysis, and embedded control sensors and actuators\. Department activities range from high fidelity modeling and analysis of wind turbines/farms, to lab testing of components, to full testing of wind turbines at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX\.

The DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office has also assigned the SNL Wind department to lead research on wind turbine impacts on radars, and basic and applied research supporting development of tools and methods to improve device performance\. Through partnerships with industry and public presentation of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy surety for the nation\.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted L\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.