R&D S E , Mechanical Engineer, Senior - Principal
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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Job Summary

Applies integrated technical judgment--which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses--to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia?s science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Researches issues in such areas as physical mechanics, fluid dynamics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, vibration, physical metallurgy, power engineering, kinematics, and heat transfer systems for metals, plastics, composite, and combination structures. Applies research to the design, development, analysis, and testing of mechanical and electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines, and machines. Analyzes the ability of systems to withstand stress imposed by conditions such as temperature, load, motion, and vibration and performs analysis of system operation to design requirements.

Primary Job Duties

An opening exists for an engineer in the Environments Engineering Group. The successful candidate will have a lead role in the development, implementation and evaluation of shock and vibration qualification test specifications for nuclear weapons and aerospace systems and components. You will use your technical and analytic skills to provide subject matter expertise in a wide variety of structural dynamics, signal processing, and risk assessment problems for your customers, including design advice, evaluation of flight test data, assessment of production test anomalies, and evaluation of instrumentation and telemetry design options. You will develop close customer relationships based on expert-level knowledge of system dynamic characteristics and become the trusted supplier for all things related to evaluation of shock and vibration performance. Development of advanced experimental, analytical and statistical methods will enable you to provide cutting-edge assessments and recommendations. The successful candidate will be expected to be able to interact with all levels of program management including systems engineers, program management and senior leadership in the effective communication of complex technical material.

This job series typically plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors.
Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals.
Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research.
Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions.
Undertakes development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology.
Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience.
Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position.
Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives.
Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines.


Master's degree in relevant discipline plus two or more years' experience; or doctorate in relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

1) Ability to work as part of a team and contribute effectively to the team objectives
2) An advanced degree in mechanical, structural or civil engineering
3) Experience interpreting and evaluating shock and vibration test data
4) Experience in structural dynamics testing, analysis, modeling or evaluation.
5) Ability to collect, organize, document and effectively communicate analytical results
6) Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance
7) Ability to handle classified material in accordance with corporate processes and procedures


1) Experience in structural reliability, earthquake engineering, seismic risk analysis
2) Experience collecting and interpreting shock and vibration test data or performing shock and vibration experiments.
3) Experience in modal analysis or testing.
4) Experience or education in digital signal processing.

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct 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 the appropriate DOE security clearance if required for a position. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for employment including access to classified information or matter.

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 by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.


Sandia is a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory; as such, many of our jobs require a DOE security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If this position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance, U.S. citizenship and employee eligibility for clearance processing will be required at the time of hire.

If you hold dual citizenship and you accept a job offer for a position that requires a DOE-granted security clearance, you will be asked by DOE to renounce your foreign citizenship and retain only your U.S. citizenship.


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