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Mechanical/Design Engineer, Research Associate-VTTI

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Mechanical/Design Engineer, Research Associate-VTTI
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0180050
About Virginia Tech:

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Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented mechanical engineers, who enjoy solving complex problems.
Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, expected to work independently and in a group environment. The applicant will be expected to work with mechanical and electrical systems, and be expected to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment.
Employee will utilize Solidworks to design and reverse engineer complex assemblies. 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:
-Handle multiple priorities.
-Interface with 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%)

Required Qualifications:

-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.
-Demonstrated understanding of motor vehicle mechanical systems
-Strong writing and organizational skills
-Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to design, fabricate, and validate work.
-Strong background in complex assembly design.
-Experience in material selection, and mechanical design principals
-Demonstrated computer modeling/computer aided design experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Previous experience working on or with motorized vehicles.
-Preference given for transportation experience
-Preference for strong fabrication background
-Preferred Solidworks experience
-Knowledge of engineering best practice.

Employment Conditions: Must have a driver's license check, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Some travel may be required

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, list of references and resume/CV to and apply to posting #

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: One year from hire date
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24060
Job Posting Date: 04/09/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/23/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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