Former Vehicle Safety Intern at Ford Motor Company
about 2 years ago
As a Vehicle Safety Intern, you will be getting familiar with US NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) and Euro NCAP for Europe which are government or institutional safety programs specified to evaluate new automobile designs for performance against various safety threats. These standards specify minimum performance requirements for various crash modes such as frontal, back, side and rollover and offer a rating system on a five-star basis. You will be utilizing a multitude of CAE (Computer-aided engineering) software to simulate these crash modes and analyzing them using FEA principles (Finite Element Analysis), then conduct real crash tests with the engineering team and compare the results. The goal is to produce more realistic and accurate results in simulations so less real tests have to be conducted which can get very costly for companies.
Interviewers love candidates who are already familiar with the position roles of the job that they are applying to, and this puts you ahead of many other candidates in the interview process. Safety is one of the two most important departments in a car company with the other one being design. Especially for Ford Motor Company, safety has a very high priority as this is one of the areas that the company takes pride in and is a main selling point in their vehicles. Vehicle safety engineers deal with human life and there is no room for error so the interviewers will be looking for exceptional candidates for roles in this department. With this in mind, it would be in your best interest to go into an interview for a Vehicle Safety position well equipped. Looking up crashworthiness and NCAP standards along with familiarizing yourself with CAE software and FEA method would be a good way to prepare as doing these things will give you a rough idea of both what you are going to be doing and how.