Automotive Engineering Technician – Automotive Crash Testing

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 05-23-2017
 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.

Calspan has a long history of innovation in both the Aerospace and Transportation industries. The Automotive Facility is an international leader in automotive crash testing and is always improving and advancing the science. This position is responsible for preparing and executing individual component and full scale vehicle crash tests. 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.

Description for Engineering Technician: 
  • Work as an integral member of a cross function team pitching in where needed to ensure each vehicle crash test is executed in accordance with customer requirements, standard test procedures and work instructions:
  • Troubleshoot wiring, repair cabling and solder on connectors.
  • Calibrate instrumentation; including accelerometers and load cells.
  • Assemble sensor group, certify and ring out crash test dummies.
  • Instrument test vehicles and install onboard high speed cameras.
  • Assist with test vehicle and facility setup.
  • Take measurements using 3D coordinate measurement machine.
  • Follow internal work instructions, complete checklists and gather data as needed.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve mechanical, electrical and data collection issues.
  • Complete mechanical modifications to test articles and equipment.
  • Create test reports using MS Office software.

Preferred Education / Experience for Engineering Technician:
  • Associates, Computer and Electronics Technology, Electrical or Mechanical Technology
  • Previous Experience as a Calibration Technician or in the field of Metrology
  • 3+ years experience in a technical discipline, or
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above

Preferred Knowledge / Ability for Engineering Technician: 
  • Proficient in MS office tools (Outlook/Excel/Word/PowerPoint)
  • Good working electrical and mechanical knowledge and troubleshooting skills.
  • Quality control systems.
  • Soldering with or without a microscope
  • Ability to operate a wide variety of hand and power tools, shop tools, and shop equipment.
  • 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
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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