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R&D Mechanical Engineer

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Posting Duration:

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated R&D Mechanical Engineer to support our data acquisition and instrumentation efforts in the Instrumentation and Explosive Sciences Department. You will work with an innovative team of technologists and engineers on a variety of measurement projects in support of destructive and complex mechanical testing in Tech Area III and other remote locations. Testing includes rocket sled track, cable pull-down, explosive blasts, guided gravity drops, and combined-environments centrifuge tests at Sandia’s very rare test facilities. You should enjoy working in both the laboratory and field and have strong technical analysis skills and engineering practices.

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

+ Interact with customers and various testing organizations to define data collection requirements.

+ Design and implement data acquisition schemes for complex and often destructive test environments.

+ Ensure data integrity through careful test design, setup, and execution.

+ Perform post test data analysis and reporting in support of various qualification efforts.

+ Lead a skilled team of technologists in daily tasking and operational activities.

+ Work both independently and with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and business professionals to craft, implement and analyze design studies and experiments.

+ Hands on test setup and diagnosis in both indoor and outdoor test facilities.

To learn more about the work we do, please visit https://photometrics.web.sandia.gov/photometrics/videos (internal candidates) or http://tiny.sandia.gov/9xyzi (all candidates).

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ Master's degree in a relevant STEM field and one year experience or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM field and five years’ experience

+ Experience with collection and/or analysis of signals from transducers, such as force, pressure, acceleration, strain, timing, and/or temperature sensors

+ Experience with signal processing, data analysis, or data manipulation, in software languages such as MATLAB, Python, LabVIEW, and C+

+ + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Knowledge of instrumentation and data acquisition

+ Experience with transducers (e.g. accelerometers, pressure gauges, load cells, etc.)

+ Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer data requirements

+ Experience planning and executing technical projects

+ Experience in troubleshooting and diagnosis of instrumentation equipment and signal anomalies

+ Ability to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment

+ Experience managing interfaces, requirements, and integrated testing

+ Experience designing assembly and subassembly level electrical hardware

+ Electrical hardware packaging experience

+ Working knowledge of optical and mechanical engineering

+ Currently possessing a DOE Q clearance

About Our Team:

Measurement and Explosive Science - is responsible for collecting and analyzing instrumentation data products that are delivered to ND customers for tests carried out at locations including sled tracks, aerial cable, mechanical shock, and drop towers. We specialize in instrumentation and data collection for testing that ranges from small to large scale. Our assets include miniature, on board data acquisition systems and large, blast hardened mobile instrumentation trailers. We maintain explosive operations expertise to implement explosives in tests, ranging from small components such as explosive cable cutters for test object release to rocket motors to propel test objects on sled tracks. We are responsible for acquiring new explosives (bulk, rocket motors, components) and managing the explosive lifecycle to ensure safety and performance. We develop and maintain high reliability firing systems to initiate the explosives, ensuring both safety and performance.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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.


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.

Job ID: 683132



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