R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer - Surety Mechanisms (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7192834 (Ref:Sa692016)

Posted: November 10, 2023

Job Description

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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer who will utilize state of the art facilities to solve challenges impacting our national security. This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple nuclear deterrence programs. As part of the surety mechanisms group, you’ll help craft unique solutions for the design and development of mechanism components that play a critical role in assuring the safety and security of our nation’s nuclear deterrent in a wide range of scenarios. In this role, you’ll collaborate with engineering and research teams across the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise to design, produce, and assess these mechanically intricate components in assemblies consisting of over 100 custom-designed and built piece parts. On any given day, you may be called upon to: + Utilize your expertise in mechanical engineering and leadership skills to field high-integrity products, meeting both technical and programmatic requirements + Utilize advanced engineering tools to solve complex engineering challenges + Serve as a subject matter expert on artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts and set the strategy for the group + Provide time-critical assistance on challenging technical product issues + Lead collaboration with S&T colleagues + Employ analytical thinking to lead resolution of ambiguous problems with a multi-disciplinary team + Develop innovative design concepts meeting Mark Quality hardware through requirements negotiation, trade studies, and virtual prototyping while engaging with relevant stakeholders + Advance component designs to a qualification-ready state through detailed definition development, modeling/analysis, and iterative design-build-test cycles + Mature designs to a production-ready state through specification development and collaboration with the production agency + Lead investigations and resolution of anomalies through analysis and testing + Use sound project management skills to provide structure to the teams activity level work so the team can prioritize and execute properly + Identify project risk so that appropriate handling and mitigation strategies can be developed, communicated, and executed + Present your work to peers, customers, and management in formal and informal settings Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite and some travel is required. Qualifications We Require: + Master’s or PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline plus 4 years of relevant experience; or Bachelor’s in a mechanical engineering or related STEM discipline plus 8 years of relevant experience + Active DoE Q security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience in the design, development, and production of ND mechanism components + Experience working with high-level customers, external vendors and the KCNSC production agency + Experience leading a multi-disciplinary team + Basic proficiency with computer aided design/drafting + Awareness of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools + Proficiency with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and tolerance analysis + Familiarity with materials characterization techniques + Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly-written reports and deliver well-articulated briefings + Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse teams and across differing communication styles + Genuine technical curiosity, and an interest and aptitude for learning + Strong commitment to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork About Our Team: We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for the full life cycle of mechanism components for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications. Mechanisms for which we have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, environmental sensing devices, and weapon release detection switches. We have a diverse team with wide ranges of skills and experience, and we value critical thinking skills and good mechanical insight. 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. Security Clearance: Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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. EEO: 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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Job ID: 692016

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.

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