Sandia National Laboratories Experimental RD Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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 helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security?

You could be the motivated mechanical engineer that we are seeking to join our team. As a member of the Mechanical Environments Department in the Validation and Qualification Sciences Group, you will support a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, designers, test operation teams, business partners and technicians to develop, plan, design, analyze, execute and document large-scale experiments at one of the department’s four Major Environmental Testing Facilities. You will apply scientific theories and laws along with engineering methods and judgement to lead the delivery of large scale, sometimes hazardous, sometimes innovative experiments to meet the needs of our missions. Do you enjoy working in a dynamic environment on programs of critical national security which will challenge and develop your technical and leadership skills?

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

  • You will work with experienced staff and technologists, ES&H authorities, and other team members to ensure that customer’s test objectives are met on time and within budget while following all corporate and Group Work Planning and Controls requirements.
  • Support test development and test execution efforts while training and learning the processes, systems and techniques necessary to deliver successful large-scale test programs.
  • Participate with the publication and presentation of our work to help grow the group portfolio with internal Sandia and external customer areas.

Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your dreams while making a difference.


  • You will have a Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering
  • Experience with large scale experimental design, setup, and execution
  • Active DOE L security clearance


  • Desire to work hands-on in sometimes hot or cold outdoor conditions
  • Ability to work efficiently within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare clearly-written technical reports and briefings
  • Experience with dynamic shock, inertial loading, and/or vibration testing
  • Experience with measurement methods and associated technologies
  • Experience with interpretation of measured structural response data
  • Experience with computational solid mechanics using Sandia's in-house solid mechanics codes and/or commercial codes
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Ability to apply knowledge and ideas to solve engineering problems
  • Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines

Department Description:

The Validation and Qualification Sciences Group (1530) is responsible for large-scale experimental activities in Tech Area III. The Mechanical Environments department (1531) is one of six departments within 1530 with the responsibility for developing and delivering experiments to provide information on the performance, safety, and reliability of nuclear weapons and other systems and to acquire data to validate computational simulations of these events. The Mechanical Environments department owns and operates four Major Environmental Testing Facilities including:

  • The Centrifuge/Superfuge Complex
  • The Mechanical Shock Complex
  • The Mobile Gun Test Complex
  • The Water Impact/Drop Tower Complex

( ). 1530 is a significant contributor to Sandia’s Nuclear Weapons Stewardship Mission but also serves a broader community that includes all of the Sandia Management Units with a growing Work For Others portfolio.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) L-level security clearance or active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD) to be considered for this position.

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 must 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.

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.