In this position, you will be responsible for identifying and conducting investigations into alleged safety defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment as part of NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigations (ODI).
Reviewing and analyzing Early Warning Reporting (EWR) data furnished by manufactures and macro-level analysis of all field data available to identify and investigate safety defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment.
Serving as a liaison with industry representatives, safety groups, Government agencies, and other interested in traffic safety to exchange views and keep abreast of the latest automotive and related information technology.
Reviewing select EWR Field Reports to identify potential safety defects actionable within ODI’s authority.
The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses sound judgement, demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the automotive space, and expertise working in manufacturing, quality control, or a dealership environment. The candidate should be detail oriented, well organized, and have strong analytical and writing skills. As part of their daily responsibilities, the candidate should be willing to occasionally handle stressful situations involving highly visible matters with significant public interest, and manage conflict situations tactfully.
Experience evaluating reports of issues, field reports, or repair orders for automobiles and determining the cause of the issue or what needs repaired and if it is safety related.
Experience working in the automotive fields of service writer, mechanic, service manager, or as part of an automotive safety review team.
About National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a global leader in motor vehicle safety. NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes. NHTSA's efforts have led to hundreds of thousands of lives saved by making vehicles safer and helping people choose to drive more safely. But car crashes remain a leading cause of death in the U.S. - especially for young people - so there is much work to be done. Our engineers and safety analysts play a key role in our safety efforts. They conduct research on advanced crash avoidance safety technology and Automated Driving Systems, and research ways to improve the structural safety of vehicles. They lead vehicle defects investigations and oversee vehicle recalls. They also crash test vehicles for our 5-Star Safety Rating program to help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing new vehicles. NHTSA also employs statisticians, economists, and behavioral safety experts and researchers. At NHTSA, saving lives is our job.