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NHTSA – General engineers

Washington DC, USA

You will serve as an engineer in Rulemaking’s Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, which is responsible for planning and implementing motor vehicle crash avoidance safety standards, policy and decisions for motor vehicles used on the nation’s highways. Assignments involve technical engineering programs concerning the analysis of vehicle safety issues, performance evaluation, and the promulgation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), regulations and/or guidelines dealing with crash avoidance characteristics of motor vehicles. The Office also identifies, recommends, and on occasion, initiates research, development, and testing needed to support the modification or development of standards.

There are multiple positions located within the following three divisions:

Visibility and Injury Prevention Division (NRM-210): This division focuses on lighting and visibility performance and non-crash injury and fatality performance of motor vehicle systems and driver/vehicle systems. Candidates with education and/or experience working with forward lighting, crash avoidance technologies, signal lighting, and/or visibility systems including cameras or mirrors would be particularly suitable to work in this division.

Vehicle Dynamics Division (NRM-220): This division focuses on braking, brake fluids, brake hoses, antilock brake systems, electronic stability control systems, steering systems, tires and rims, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Candidates with education and/or experience working with heavy vehicles systems, crash avoidance technologies, stability control systems, and/or tires performance would be particularly suitable to work in this division.

Vehicle Controls and Adapted Vehicles Division (NRM-230): This division focuses on vehicle controls and displays, crash warning systems, adaptive equipment, and the crash avoidance characteristics for all vehicle types. Candidates with education and/or experience working with controls and displays, vehicle communication systems, crash avoidance technologies, power window systems, and/or accelerator control systems would be particularly suitable to work in this division.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, has demonstrated knowledge and expertise involving vehicle safety, and possesses sound engineering judgement. The ideal candidate has strong analytical and communication skills. The ideal candidate can manage projects and work cooperatively with stakeholders to improve vehicle safety.

All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
• Successful completion of an engineering degree at an accredited university or college OR
• Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

For more information and to apply visit URL: (Open to US Citizens) and (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants)

Contact for more information (if applicable): Automated Staffing Office, 202-366-1298;


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