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    You will serve as a General Engineer/Safety Compliance Engineer in the Crash Avoidance Division of the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (OVSC). The engineer is responsible for helping enforce federal standards pertaining to motor vehicles and conducting business in a manner that complies with NHTSA's internal business processes and policies.

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    As a General Engineer, you will:

    The primary duties of the engineer in the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance fall into the following three overall categories:

    1. Compliance Test Program
    2. Investigations
    3. Support of other Agency offices

    In addition, there are numerous tasks associated with, and in support of these categories, which the engineer must accomplish in order to effectively enforce his or her assigned FMVSSs. The engineer will also be responsible for other duties, as assigned.

    • Initiate, develop, and investigate test programs.
    • Provide technical and administrative support for the procurement and execution of complex engineering test programs utilizing contracted test laboratories.
    • Write and maintain detailed test procedures, which will be followed by the contracted test laboratories.
    • Assure that program target test dates are met, test reports are timely, accurate and in the proper format and that all elements of the test program are of sufficient quality to be used for compliance investigations.
    • For test failures, or other indication of a safety standard noncompliance, the engineer will prepare and present an investigation plan to the Division Chief and upper management that is tailored to the test failure and the investigation plan must comply with the Crash Avoidance Division and Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance operating procedures.
    • Execute the investigation plan while keeping the Division Chief advised of the progress of the investigation.
    • Establish and maintain professional contacts within and outside the Agency for the exchange of technical information and to keep abreast of all state-of-the-art information that may impact assigned standards.
    • Analyze all test information gathered within the Agency to determine trends in equipment and vehicle performance.
    • Conduct relevant engineering analyses, using computer tools, film analysis, statistical methods, and all other analytical tools deemed useful for the particular investigation.
    • Act as Enforcement’s representative on teams that conduct research and/or rulemaking to amend existing standards and promulgate new FMVSS and regulations.

    The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses sound engineering judgment, demonstrated knowledge and expertise in engineering, and significant expertise working in a testing environment, preferably in the automotive field. The candidate should be capable of working cooperatively with other divisions within NHTSA and with organizations within the motor vehicle industry to accomplish the agency's goal of improved safety. The candidate should be detail oriented, well organized, and have strong writing skills. As part of their daily responsibilities, the candidate should be willing to complete intensive paperwork, occasionally handle stressful situations involving highly visible matters with significant public interest, and manage conflict situations tactfully.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

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