Technician - Automotive

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 02-07-2018
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.

Working in Calspan’s new, fully enclosed automotive crash test facility with its MESSRING propulsion system and micro track, the ideal candidate will be a self-starter working in a “hands on” position.‚Äč
Technician - Crash Summary:  This position is responsible for preparing and executing individual component and full scale vehicle crash tests. 
  • Maintain, repair, upgrade test systems and equipment to maximize operational availability and accuracy of vehicle crash test data. Perform equipment calibration, and repairs. 
  • Perform vehicle and test facility setup.  Instrument test vehicles and install highspeed cameras in accordance with cutomer requirements, standard test procedures and work instructions.  Complete mechanical modifications to test articles and equipment.
  • Conduct tests, take measurements using 3D coordinate measurement machine, document results through procedures, checklists, photographs and highspeed video.  Create test reports using MS Office software.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, data collection, electronic problems with test equipment and measurement devices.
Preferred Education / Experience:
  • AAS in Engineering,
  • 3+ years experience in a technical disipline, or
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above
Preferred Knowledge / Ability: 
  • Experience with automotive safety testing in accordance with FMVSS and/or ECE procedures.
  • Experience with data acquisition systems and instrumenting vehicles with accelerometers, pressure sensors along with fabricating test fixtures.
  • Experience with MS office tools (Outlook/Excel/Word/PowerPoint/Project), and Adobe products
  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, parts, tools and materials used in the maintenance and repair of vehicles.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of hand and power tools, shop tools, and shop equipment, for the servicing automobiles.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to work assigned hours as required to meet customer testing needs – may include overtime, nights and weekends.
  • Able to lift, carry, push and pull 50 pounds, either individually or with equipment such as carts and cranes.
  • Capable of climbing, bending, kneeling, crawling, and stooping to move and install equipment
  • Effective communication skills
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