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R&D Mechanical Engineer (Experienced)

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

You could be the outstanding ferroelectric neutron generator (FENG) component engineer we are seeking to support our FENG products. Various roles include supporting the design activities to help establish the technical basis for our modernization work, sustainment & assessment of our FENG product line, and performing R&D on our product and fabrication methods in collaboration with production.

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

+ Support the W87-1 NG PRT with advancing and maturing a small FENG design

+ Work with systems partners to further refine product requirements and definition

+ Coordinate with product engineers in the production agency to understand and evaluate the trade between producibility and functionality

+ Collaborate with PRT members on developing and performing test plans (shock, vibe, thermal, and rad) to evaluate the performance of different designs

+ Partner with technologists to develop prototypes of initial concepts and prepare transitioning process to production.

+ Interface and coordinate design efforts with design peers in subcomponent PRTs and next-level assembly.

+ Coordinate and track the pedigree of multiple experimental test units, document test results, and communicate through presentations

+ Collaborate with experts to evaluate product performance in different environments

+ Provide design support for qualification planning, execution, and documentation.

+ Aid in component and fixture design by verifying drawings for manufacturability in compliance with GD&T.

+ Support the transfer and tracking of hardware throughout the product lifecycle, coordinating shelf-life studies, and facilitating the accurate disposal at end-of-life

+ Provide engineering support for the local production agency by analyzing the impacts of changes/exceptions to the manufacturing process, maintaining process specifications, and assisting with the development of work instructions

+ Participate in the annual review process of designated FENG products, communicate with systems partners, and document assessment in the annual component assessment report (CAR).

+ Complete investigations on any significant findings, facilitate implementation of corrective actions, and identify process improvements

We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented individuals that can support the design of ferroelectric neutron generators, communicate with numerous customers and partners, and assist with programmatic requirements of the PRT, as well as assist with the evaluation of our products throughout the product life cycle and support annual sustainment activities. The successful candidate will regularly interact with technical peers of diverse technical backgrounds within the department as well as co-workers in the development, production, and S&T areas of Neutron Generators as well as experts in relevant fields throughout Sandia.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, physics, material science, chemistry, or a related STEM field

+ Three or more years of experience on a product development program

+ DOE L-level Security Clearance or DOD equivalent required to start

Qualifications We Desire:

+ A Master’s or Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, material science, chemistry, or a related STEM field.

+ Experience on a ND product development program as a technical or programmatic lead

+ Experience with the ND product development cycle (i.e. 6.x) and a working knowledge of the engineering documentation system (e.g., PRIME, PDMlink)

+ Demonstrated ability to successfully coordinate and organize complex work activities, document & present results, and manage resources

+ Experience with mechanical design, CAD software (e.g., CREO), and geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).

+ Experience and familiarity with shock physics, energetic testing, electro-ceramic materials, and neutron tube operation

+ Experience with component environmental testing (radiation, thermal, shock & vibe), qualification processes, and surveillance activities

+ Demonstrated ability to implement development activities with evolving requirements in a fast-paced environment.

+ Experience with high voltage design and methods to avoid electrical breakdown

+ Experience supporting multiples customers, ranging from production, neutron tube component engineers, ferroelectric power supply designers (active ceramics, explosive driver), systems engineers, and advanced and exploratory personnel

+ Strong verbal and written communication skills

+ Ability to collaborate with team members of a diverse set of backgrounds for mutual mission success

About Our Team:

The FENG and Tube Lifecycle Engineering Department (7584) is responsible for the design and development of Neutron Tubes (NTs) and Ferroelectric Neutron Generators (FENGs) for War Reserve, Laboratory, and Field Test applications of Nuclear Weapons. Within the department resides expertise in nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and electrical engineering. These diverse areas work together to innovate and mature technology in the areas of NT and NG physical and electrical design, NT and NG modeling/simulation, active ceramic and insulative ceramic materials. We also work closely with the explosive’s component organization and the local NG production agency. Team members are responsible for assessing the health and performance of the current Nuclear Stockpile and contributing to the Annual Assessment Report for the Nuclear Stockpile. We provide stewardship of our designs and products from delivery to the stockpile through disposal at end of life. By working together our department is flexible and resourceful, allowing us to contribute to our nation ’s need for a reliable deterrent.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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: 683817



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Posted: 2022-06-08 Expires: 2022-07-08

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