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Intern - Surety Mechanism Design R& D Undergrad Co-op
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a mechanical engineering co\-op student to join our team of mechanism design engineers\. Our team is responsible for the full life cycle of surety component development, production, and on\-going surveillance assessment of stockpile devices\. Surety components play a critical role in assuring the safety and security of the nation’s nuclear deterrent in a wide range of environments including severe accident scenarios\. These devices include electro\-mechanical switching mechanisms and environmental sensing devices that involve complex mechanical interactions in assemblies of over 100 custom designed/built piece parts\. The selected individual would be expected to work in multiple phases of the product development cycle as part of a larger product realization team \(PRT\)\.

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

+ Develop design concepts using Computer Aided Design \(CAD\) software
+ Participate in design down\-selects
+ Analyze designs using hand calculations, finite element analysis \(FEA\), and rigid body dynamics \(RBD\) software
+ Develop, build, and operate laboratory test equipment
+ Interpret and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing \(GD&T\) to product design definition
+ Conduct drawing reviews with drafting, manufacturing, and design engineers
+ Assemble prototype and developmental hardware
+ Review inspection results to verify product compliance with requirements
+ Support product disposition during production through engineering analysis
+ Develop and execute test plans and acceptance procedures
+ Investigate anomalies and resolve through analysis and test based methods
+ Present designs, tests results, and findings to the PRT
+ Document work in formal reports and memos

Engineers within the Advanced Mechanical Design job family touch all aspects of product development, from conceptual design and analysis to system retirement\. We have a diverse team with wide ranges of skills and experience, and we value critical thinking skills and good mechanical insight\. This position is an exciting opportunity to be part of a high caliber team and grow as a student engineer while making lasting contributions to the safety of our nation’s nuclear stockpile\.


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

+ Undergraduate student at an accredited university
+ Enrolled full time in the term immediately preceding the internship
+ Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major
+ Registration with the university's co\-op office
+ Minimum cumulative GPA of 3\.0/4\.0
+ Ability to work up to 40 hours per week
+ U\.S\. citizenship

Additional Requirements:

+ Current enrollment in an accredited program in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or other highly relevant science, engineering or mathematics \(SEM\) discipline


+ Strong interest in mechanical design
+ Experience in the fabrication, assembly, or inspection of mechanical products
+ Familiarity with CAD, engineering analysis, and materials characterization techniques
+ Basic proficiency with tolerance analysis methods
+ Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly\-written reports and briefings

Department Description:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for safety and security mechanisms \(components\) for Nuclear Weapons \(NW\) applications\. The departments have responsibility for conceptual design, full\-scale engineering development, product characterization, product qualification, component production support, and on\-going surveillance\. Mechanisms for which the departments have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, environmental sensing devices, and weapon release detection switches\.

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 Q\-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 Q\-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.