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Calspan is looking to hire 20 engineers, technicians and mechanics

Posted at 12:00 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 07:16:03-04
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Calspan is a company that's been around Western New York for decades. It has a location in Niagara Falls where staff conduct flight tests, and at Calspan Business Park, they do research on car safety.

"We make sure the vehicles comply with national regulations, international regulations," said Kevin Brogan, supervisor for the Anthropomorphic Test Device lab.

And Calspan is growing; right now it's looking to fill 20 open positions.

"We're looking for people who have aerospace engineering degrees, electrical engineers and technicians with mechanical backgrounds," said Gregory Campbell, Vice President of Transportation Research.

At Calspan, engineers and technicians conduct daily safety tests.

They do full scale crash tests and record the impact using high speed cameras, so that car companies and the government can see how the airbags deploy and how the impact affects crash test dummies.

Brogan said they use test dummies to get a more accurate representation of the human body. Like how a person's neck would respond in a T-bone crash.

"Here in the ADT Lab, which is the anthropomorphic test device we make sure that these [test dummies] are ready for the crash. Which means that they conform to U.S. and international regulations on how they perform in a crash," he said.

Given the data collection and research done here, future employees need to be innovative.

"Nothing here is by the books. I mean every day is 'you have to figure it out,'" said Brogan. "You can't Google half the stuff."

"We really have built a culture of accountability, innovation and inclusiveness. So that's what we look for in our employees," said Campbell.

To find out how you can apply, click here.