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    As an entry-level General Engineer you will assist higher-level engineers in performing duties involving basic principles of engineering and will work as a member of a project team in one of Volpe's engineering organizations.

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    The ideal candidate holds a graduate degree in Electrical or Mechanical engineering and must be able to work well with the team and have a good judgment on when to seek help from the team lead and other team members.

    Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good.

    Position within the Aviation Weather and PNT Applications Division (V345): https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/air-traffic-systems-and-operations/aviation-weather-and-pnt 

    • The candidate for this position will primarily be supporting projects related to Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), including work on Automated Driving Systems (ADS). Safe ADS operations are dependent on accurate position and velocity information of the vehicle and surrounding objects. This information needs to be provided reliably and in a timely manner to ADS subsystems. The candidate will be responsible for implementation of driving scenarios/test vectors to generate simulated sensor data using Matlab and/or Python, data processing and analysis collected GPS, IMU, Lidar, sensors data. The candidate will have strong analytical and communication skills, an understanding of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), an understanding of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs),an understanding of Kalman Filtering and be proficient in Matlab.

    Position within the Structures and Dynamics Division (V333): https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/infrastructure-systems-and-technology/structures-and-dynamics

    • The candidate will support ongoing project work to improve the safety and efficiency of rail vehicles, highway vehicles, and rail infrastructure. The candidate will be responsible for supporting analytical and experimental engineering studies which are intended to evaluate and improve the safety and dynamic performance of vehicles and structures for conventional and high speed ground transportation systems.

    Additional positions across the Center may be filled using this vacancy, please visit the following sites 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 products, infrastructure, vehicles, structures, and systems.
    • Extracting and processing data using a variety of equipment, instruments, computer software/ hardware, laboratory tests, mathematics, elementary algebra and geometry, basic statistics, and standard formulas of engineering-specific disciplines.
    • Applying life-cycle project management skills to develop and manage the operation, scope, schedule, budget, and quality of assigned projects and deliverables.
    • Articulating information through methods such as: fact sheets, technical reports, design documentation, discussions, meetings, and briefings or presentations to the project team as well as internal and external stakeholders including Volpe Center management, sponsor representatives, and representatives of other government agencies/industrial groups.
    • 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).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0801 General Engineering

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