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Surety Mechanism Design Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


**Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state\-of\-the\-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?**

We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to provide design\-engineering support during the full life cycle of surety component development, production, and ongoing surveillance assessment of stockpile devices\. These 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\. You will work on mechanism components with complex mechanical interactions in assemblies of over 100 custom designed/built piece parts\.

On any given day, you would be expected to:

+ Develop and down\-select design concepts
+ Negotiate functional and interface requirements with the next assembly customer
+ Analyze designs to determine suitability of concepts and changes
+ Lead generation and revisions of product design definition drawings using GD&T
+ Develop and refine new designs through iterative design\-build\-test cycles
+ Lead the assembly of prototype and developmental hardware
+ Negotiate product manufacturing requirements with the production agency
+ Participate in production agency led vendor development and evaluations activities
+ Review inspection results to verify product compliance with requirements
+ Disposition product non\-conformances based on design analysis and subject matter expert review
+ Develop and execute test plans to validate designs
+ Create test specifications and procedures for product acceptance and surveillance
+ Develop and execute qualification plans to ensure product quality and compliance with requirements throughout production
+ Investigate anomalies and resolve through analysis and test based methods
+ Evaluate data from component and systems level tests to assess the ability of devices to continue to meet requirements in fielded systems
+ Present designs, tests results, and findings to peers, customers, and management in formal and informal settings
+ Document work in formal reports and memos
+ Lead or support the generation and maintenance of project schedule and financial plans using methods including Earned Value Management

You should enjoy working in a challenging and dynamic team environment on high visibility programs supporting critical national interests\. This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple NW development programs\.

As an engineer in the NW mechanisms family, you will 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 a great opportunity for an early career engineer to forge relationships across the Nuclear Security Enterprise, and make lasting contributions to the safety of our nation’s nuclear stockpile\. Some travel is required\.


+ You possess an undergraduate and advanced degree \(Masters or PhD\) in mechanical engineering or relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics \(STEM\) discipline
+ You can obtain a DOE Q security clearance


Ideally, your background would also include:

+ Experience in the design, development, and production of mechanical products including tasks such as working with suppliers and machine shops to fabricate hardware and performing mechanical testing \(e\.g\. vibration, thermal, etc\.\)
+ Working knowledge of manufacturing processes associated with precision metal parts \(ex\. CNC machining, gaging, CMM based inspection\)
+ Basic proficiency with CAD Systems \(e\.g\., Pro/E, Creo, or SolidWorks\), as well as tolerance analysis methods
+ Experience with mechanical analysis including the use of commercial FEA software for piece part and sub\-assembly level analysis
+ Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
+ Familiarity with materials characterization techniques
+ Proven ability to interact well with diverse teams
+ Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly\-written reports and briefings
+ Active DOE Q security clearance

Department Description:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for safety and security mechanisms \(components\) for Nuclear Weapons \(NW\) applications\. We have responsibility for conceptual design, full\-scale engineering development, product characterization, product qualification, component production support, and ongoing surveillance\. Mechanisms for which we 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:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.

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.