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    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.  

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    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.

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    Promotion Potential


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    0801 General Engineering

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