Sled Test Engineer

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 10-25-2017
At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons learned.  The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to be Inclusive, Accountable and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized.  Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action. There is a pride and a sense of ownership engrained in each of our employees with every task set before them.

The Sled Test Engineer will hold a leadership role within Calspan’s Sled Test  group.  A customer centric, close knit, hardworking, accountable and responsible team who leverage their strong technical aptitude and experience to provide world-class sled test services. Working in Calspan’s new, Seattle Safety Servo Sled, the ideal candidate will be a self-starter working in a “hands on” position.
Description for Sled Test Engineer: 

  • Must be able to function as part of a team and work cooperatively toward team goals.
  • Have good time management skills and are able to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Participate in customer meetings, review test plans and proactively make recommendations.
  • Lead and coordinate the preparation of test articles, vehicles, instrumentation and test facility.
  • Perform test article positioning, crash test dummy positioning, take measurements and successfully execute tests.
  • Analyze test results, generate test reports and ensure on-time delivery of all deliverables.
  • Identify issues, conduct root cause analysis and implement corrective countermeasures.
  • Willing to arrive early, stay late, work extended shifts (Monday-Friday) and an occasional Saturday (dependent on test schedule).
  • Regular attendance and punctuality are critical, 100%
Required Education / Experience for Sled Test Engineer:

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical, Automotive or Electrical Engineering, or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability.
  • 3-5 years of automotive experience in Safety Testing.
  • Experience in coordinating a team.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are an absolute requirement to establish effective working relationships with test teams and customers.
    • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional analytical skills. Able to draw conclusions from raw data to support decision-making.
  • Excellent mechanical ability.
  • Has integrity, confidence, listens and has a “can do” attitude. Ability to resolve obstacles, see opportunities while facing difficulties.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate technical subjects succinctly to other team members, management and customers.
  • Ambitious, self-starter.
  • Very proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Preferred Knowledge / Ability for Sled Test Engineer:  
  • Working knowledge of automotive crash test protocols (FMVSS, ECE, IIHS, USNCAP, and EuroNCAP).
  • Experience in executing sled tests and vehicle crash tests.
  • Experience with Anthropomorphic Test Devices.
  • Familiar with data acquisition systems (DTS/Kistler), control systems, various transducer technologies.
  • Experience in analyzing data using available tools (DiaDAM, ProAnalyst, TEMA).
  • Experience with interpretation of injury assessment values and various Star ratings is a plus.
  • Experience working at Kettering University’s Crash Safety Center is a plus.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.  Calspan will not sponsor employment-based visas for this position. 
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