• Help

    Duties

    Summary

    As a General Engineer you will serve as a member or leader of a Volpe team comprised of transportation professionals. You will be given a wide range of tasks and assignments utilizing your engineering and project management skills for the development, evaluation, and operation of transportation systems. Positions are located in Cambridge, MA.  

    Learn more about this agency

    Responsibilities

    As a General Engineer you will perform duties involving basic principles of engineering and will work as a member or leader of a project team in one of Volpe’s engineering organizations. Project work varies by division, please visit the following site to learn more about our four technical areas:

    • Air Traffic Systems and Operations - https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/air-traffic-systems-and-operations
    • Infrastructure Systems and Technology - https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/infrastructure-systems-and-technology
    • Policy, Planning, and Environment - https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/policy-planning-and-environment
    • Safety Management and Human Factors - https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/safety-management-and-human-factors

    Complexity of duties increases with experience and grade level.

     Major duties may include: 

    • Research, interpretation, design, testing and analysis of transportation systems, vehicles and structures.
    • Articulating information through methods such as: fact sheets, project reports, design documentation, discussions, meetings, and briefings or presentations to the project team, Volpe Center management, sponsor representatives or representatives of other government agencies/industrial groups.
    • Serving on and/or leading a team of transportation professionals who work in a variety of specializations with a variety of equipment, instruments, computer software and hardware, and laboratory tests.
    • Applying project management skills to manage the operation/scope/schedule/quality of assigned projects.Extracting and processing data and  measurements using mathematics, elementary algebra and geometry, basic statistics, and standard formulas of engineering specific disciplines.
    • Traveling to field sites for testing or assignments and performing other related duties, as appropriate.
    • Areas of work may involve: connected and automated vehicle research, hardware/software/network architectures for transportation and safety systems, software development for cybersecurity/building policies, aviation or maritime systems engineering, applied mechanics, finite element analysis techniques, energy use reduction, fire safety/code compliance, occupational safety, transportation infrastructure improvements, automobile/rail crash-worthiness tests and simulation, or highway/transportation engineering (design, construction, materials, survey and mapping, and asset management).

    The ideal candidate for this position holds a degree in professional engineering and has a desire to work on complex transportation-related projects. Preferred engineering fields include: general, civil, mechanical, environmental, computer, software, electronics, electrical, systems, architectural, geomatics, construction/industrial, and engineering management. As a federal partner in advancing U.S. DOT initiatives, the Volpe Center draws on its multimodal, multidisciplinary expertise to support U.S. DOT’s priorities: Safety, Infrastructure, Innovation and Accountability. You must have superb analytical, communications, leadership, and problem-solving skills and be able to excel in a fast-paced environment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/540597400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.