Forensic Mechanical Engineer

Coral Springs, FL

Posted: 02/16/2018 Industry: Engineering Job Number: 2448

Job Description

Position Summary
The Accident Reconstructionist analyzes a variety of collision situations and claims relating to topics such  as “ who is at fault,” traffic violation assessments, police report and procedure analysis, speed analysis,  visibility studies, perception/reaction time, and vehicle dynamics.   Essential Functions and Responsibilities Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential  functions. • Conduct investigations to gather and analyze equipment failures; • Conduct vehicle, on-site, and evidence inspections to gather evidence for court presentation; • Investigates and reconstructs motor and commercial vehicle collisions; • Assesses occupant motion and vehicle dynamics in response to applied crash forces; • Studies pedestrian and bicyclist interactions with motor and commercial vehicles; • Analyzes occupant crash protection systems relating to crashworthiness • Evaluates restraint system usage and exposure to injury mechanisms in collisions; • Investigates enhanced damages, staged collisions, and phantom vehicle cases; • Prepare and deliver technical/educational presentations to existing and potential client groups and technical conferences; • Enhance professional/technical knowledge and credibility through continuing education programs, review of technical publications and the preparation of technical papers; • Prepare technical reports; • Provide expert testimony as required; • Evaluate cases and claims, design and build test fixtures, and evaluate and test hardware; • Conducts static push/pull tests, dynamic sled tests, and full-scale vehicle crash testing; • Sets up, collects, and analyzes electronic data acquired from testing; • Other related duties/projects as needed;   • Other
  • DARs, desktop reviews, lower exposure, moving to convention, pinnacle – seatbelt defense work, forensic analysis of the performance of occupant restraint systems(seatbelts, seatbacks).
  • Leads seating and restraint system research and development and accident reconstruction projects;
  • Analyzes and designs occupant protection systems;
  • Assesses occupant motion and vehicle dynamics in response to applied crash forces;
  • Performs computerized simulations to illustrate crash and safety components;
  • Performs data retrieval and analyses from vehicle on-board event data recorders (black
  • boxes);
  • Accident Reconstruction, Occupant Kinematics, Aircraft Seating and Restraint Design, Crashworthiness Research, Vehicle Dynamics Analysis, Occupant Protection Research  and Testing, Forensic Analysis, Computer-Aided Design, Ground and Air Vehicle Crash Testing, Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) & Analysis.

Job Requirements

Qualifications Required

• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
Qualifications Desired
• Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field;
• Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure in one or more states;
• ACTAR Certification;
• Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician & Data Analyst Certification;
• Event Data Recorder (EDR / Black Box) Certification;
• Prior testifying experience;
• Safety equipment background;
• Accident Reconstruction (Other Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles, Testing) and Crashworthiness
(Structures, Seats, Seat Belt & Airbag);
• 2-5+ years’ experience in a similar role.
Nonessential Functions and Responsibilities
• N/A
Success Factors/Job Competencies/Skills
• Able to organize and manage multiple priorities;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• Self-starter, and ability to work independently and in a team environment;
• Strong problem solving and analytical skills;
• Self-initiate projects during off periods;
• Working knowledge of excel formatting, equations and coding;
• Basic understanding of various software such as EDCRASH, EDSMAC, SCENE, AR PRO and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Deltek Vision).

Physical Demands and Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, fax machines and filing cabinets. This is largely a sedentary role; however, it may require some bending and light to moderate lifting/pushing. There is a physical component that may require the person to lift doors and gain access to evidence, for example (~30-50lb). The individual must be comfortable using cameras, video cameras, climbing in/around cars, working in any type of environment or temperature, traveling, and attending site inspections.


Performance Standards

Annual performance appraisal for Accident Reconstructionist (Expert).  Attainment of annual goals established between manager and employee.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

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