Student Intern - Materials Testing Undergrad Summer
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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Student Intern - Materials Testing Undergrad Summer

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Albuquerque, NM

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About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

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Department Description

The Coatings and Surface Engineering Department provides scientific and engineering expertise in the areas of thin films, thermal spray deposition, cold spray deposition, FIB micromachining, vacuum system/component fabrication, surface cleaning/decontamination, laser machining and surface modification, and precision engineering for the Laboratories. Over 25 elements as well as numerous compounds and alloys can be deposited by sputter deposition and electron beam evaporation. Thin film properties can also be characterized. Thermal spray capabilities include both conventional (flame, plasma, twin-wire arc, HVOF) and advanced technologies: cold spray and low pressure plasma spray. Customized surface cleaning and decontamination processes can be developed as well as consultation provided on the required levels of cleanliness needed for a product or environment. An assortment of techniques for surface cleaning and decontamination of metals, ceramics, glass, plastics, composites, and circuit boards are available such as ultrasonics, UV ozone, and RF plasma. Precision engineering includes the design and fabrication of miniature and meso-scale devices, electrical discharge machining (EDM), diamond and femtosecond laser machining, laser etching, micro-metrology, as well as technical consulting. Our staff supports a variety of programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative, innovative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions.

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Job Summary

Performs entry-level work within a science and engineering environment involving assignments that may include assisting with research, application of project design and diagnostics, testing and documentation, development and analysis of technology options, and assembly and troubleshooting.

Primary Job Duties

Job assignments vary upon organization, discipline preference, and specific job requirements as defined in the job specification.

Duties may include assisting technical staff with developmental research, analysis of technology and engineering options, project design, testing, formulating conclusions, data collection, and analyzing experimental data.

Job Specifications

Materials Testing for cleaning efficacy and materials compatibility

Laboratory maintenance

Assistance with routine lab work involving surface chemistry and analysis

Documentation of work

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

General knowledge of technical principles and processes.

Understanding of the use a variety of research tools.

Good oral and written communication skills.

Ability to contribute in a team environment.

General knowledge of project management.

General knowledge and good understanding of a suite of software, including Microsoft Office.


The successful candidate must meet the general Sandia Student Intern Requirements: Full-time student status (a minimum 12 credit hours) for the spring term prior to the summer internship, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, and the ability to work up to 40 hours per week. US Citizenship.

Laboratory Experience, Junior/Senior Standing, Knowldege of Six Sigma Tools,

Ability to use word processing and spreadsheets


Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical or Materials Engineering.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level 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 a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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


At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.

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