The projects’ general objectives include research to analyze and improve railway vehicle dynamic performance and reduce dynamic forces and wear to the track. Projects may also include work to improve wear and rolling contact fatigue of wheels and rails, and structural strength and fatigue of vehicles and their components. These projects may be funded by the Association of American Railroads as part of TTCI’s Strategic Research Initiatives program, through Federal Railway Administration (FRA), TTCI’s internal research and development and/or commercial customers.
The primary duties of an intern will be to support laboratory and field testing including test planning and scheduling, test setup, collecting and analyzing data, assisting with performing computer simulations, and reporting on results. The intern will also support on-track testing to verify, validate, and tune simulations of full-scale railway vehicle dynamics
The intern’s term will be for the summer only (2018), approximately ten weeks; preferably from May to end of July. This position is allocated for and is expected to consume 100% of the intern’s work hours.
Assist project engineers with:
Basic knowledge of vehicle dynamics, wheel/rail contact mechanics, vibration and control, statistics, database and computer programming languages; experience with programming and data processing tools; familiarity with testing methods, data collection and analysis techniques; familiarity with statistical analysis methods; demonstrable computer skills, including MS Office products; must be capable of working individually or within teams. Experience using Microsoft Office software; A strong foundation using Microsoft Excel (data organization and analysis, functions, charts/plots, and basic programing); Willingness to learn about railroad track geometry, vehicle and track components and systems, and develop data analysis, literature review, multi-tasking, and with good communication & leadership skills.
At least 2 years of undergraduate coursework or an undergraduate degree working towards a Master’s Degree. Coursework would include structures, dynamics, materials, or railway engineering. Programming experience with C, C++, C# and FORTRAN languages, MATLAB, Minitab, Statistica, MultiVu, AutoCAD, Solidworks, and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Experience with performing Finite Element Analysis. Experience with large volumes of data in spreadsheets or databases and abilities in computer programming, computer-based analysis, computer-aided design, and computer-based modeling