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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented mechanical engineers, who enjoy solving complex problems. Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, capable of coordinating group efforts and working independently. The applicant must be comfortable working with mechanical and electrical systems, and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment. Employee will utilize Solidworks to design and reverse engineer complex assemblies. Employee will lead design group effort, and coordinate with researchers. Individual will contribute to conceptualizations, proposals, execution, and logistics to facilitate research addressing critical transportation knowledge gaps. Projects focus on transportation research, but range from one-off vehicle installations to large scale coordinated efforts. Tasks focus on vehicle modification, research fixtures, and data collection devices. Research platforms include passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial heavy vehicles, and bicycles. Experience with vehicle systems, complex assembly design, and rapid prototyping is preferred. The applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety Assignments include: -Delegate, coordinate, and oversee mechanical design group efforts. -Handle multiple priorities. -As a supervisor, review and critique subordinate designs. -Mentor rising designers. -Interface with researchers, engineers, designers, and lab personnel. -Research, design, and validate complex assemblies. -Analyze problems, provide solutions, and provide support. -Document designs, assembly procedures, and installation protocol. -Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <10%)
-Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of master's degree may be considered. -Management and project coordination experience -Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work. -Strong writing and organizational skills -Strong background in complex assembly design -Working knowledge of engineering practices and procedures -Experience in material selection, and mechanical design principals -Demonstrated computer modeling/computer aided design experience.
-Preference given for transportation experience. -Preference for strong fabrication background -Preferred supervisory experience -Preferred Solidworks experience
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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