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NIAR Crash Dynamics Lab/AVET Student Assistant

Students working in the Crash Dynamics Lab will be part of the Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing group.  Primarily, students will provide support for preparation of crash tests for aerospace, military, and automotive seats, components, and vehicles.  Additionally, students will support mechanical, material, and component testing.  This position will be mostly hands-on experimental work; however, AVET is interested in students who wish to pursue a Graduate degree and gain experience in Finite Element Methods and numerical analysis.

This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 


  • Installing fixtures and test articles on mounting plates and crash simulation system
  • Aiding lab customers in test article preparation
  • Verifying crash test dummies are in proper condition for testing
  • Digitizing test articles via CMM (FARO Arm) and Laser scanning
  • Supporting research and help documenting for mechanical testing
  • Moving and lifting large items by hand and hoist
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work environment


  • Currently working towards a Major in Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Electrical and Mechanical preferred)
  • Willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 40 hours per week during summer break
  • Proficiency with hand and power tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment

Preferred Skills:

  • CATIA V5
  • Visual Basic
  • NI Labview 
  • NI Diadem