Automotive Technician

Location: Buffalo, New York
Date Posted: 05-23-2017
Calspan has a long history of innovation in both the Aerospace and Transportation industies. The Automotive Facility is an international leader in automotive crash testing and is always is always improving and advancing the science. The successful candidate will work with our world class Automotive Testing team in Buffalo, NY.

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
Preferred Education / Experience:
  • AAS in Engineering,
  • 3+ years experience in a technical disipline, or
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above
  • 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 
Preferred Knowledge / Ability: 
  • 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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