Purpose To wow the client by safely operating autonomous vehicles and trucks (including the software in the autonomous vehicles and trucks) and providing the client with highly reliable, accurate test data. Essential Functions*
Read vehicle test plans and follow written and/or verbal test procedures
Operate autonomous vehicles running proprietary software and hardware for structured testing in dynamic traffic conditions
Follow safe work practices and safely operate autonomous vehicles
Maintain current knowledge and adherence to all operating policies, procedures, and directives, including thorough knowledge of facility operating guidelines
Communicate to control tower operations through a hand-held radio
Complete daily reports, document procedures and tests, and provide concise written and oral feedback to the engineering teams
Monitor software systems with constant focus, recognize issues in software and testing, troubleshoot vehicle and test execution issues with guidance, and escalate accordingly
Consistently demonstrate situational awareness and a willingness to constantly adjust to changes in the environment
*TRC Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and is willing to make a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job. **Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Other Duties and Responsibilities (Non-Essential Functions)
Represent the team and drive creation or improvements in cross function process
Communicate and work cross-functionally with various teams to maintain proper software systems operation
Evaluate the real-world performance of the self-driving system
Ability to train other vehicle and software operators
Support TRC Inc.’s Quality and EH&S (Environmental, Health, and Safety) efforts
Valid driver’s license and at least 5 years of experience driving on public roads
Less than six points and/or three moving violations on driving record within last three years
Must be minimum 21 years old
Must be able to successfully complete in-house driving course/examination
High school diploma or GED required
BS/BA degree or at least 3 years work experience required
Able to follow written and verbal directions given by the supervisor or customer
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency with a laptop computer and touchscreen smartphone
Must be able to operate comfortably in a fast-paced environment, navigate through ambiguity, and be capable of responding quickly to changing and potentially high-pressure environments
Must be able to multitask multiple technologies, including communications devices and vehicle status systems
Must have good attention to detail and be able to quickly and concisely describe their thoughts
Able to work on a team environment and ride as a passenger with another person operating a vehicle
Flexibility with work hours during busy test periods. Must be willing to work overtime, evenings and weekends as needed.
Ability to travel (< 25%)
May be exposed to temperatures below 0 degrees and above 95 degrees
May be exposed to inclement weather
May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, such as gas and oil
Most work is accomplished outdoors in a vehicle
Ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds
Ability to drive for long periods of time on bumps and rough roads resulting in persistent vibration, jarring, and uneven impact to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands for an extended period of time
Capable of positioning one’s self into bending, stretching, climbing, or awkward positions
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for an extended period of time
Ability to communicate with customers and co-workers
Ability to enter work times into a computer
Able to speak and hear proficiently in person and through a hand-held radio
Able to ride as a driver and/or passenger in an autonomous vehicle, where you may have little control over the vehicle’s operations.
Ability to stare at/type into a phone or laptop screen for an extended period of time while sitting as a passenger in a vehicle.
Requires near/far depth and color vision to safely operate a self-driving vehicle and computer
Able to be in confined seated position to operate vehicle or systems for up to four (4) hours at a time for a total of up to eight (8) hours per day or as overtime is needed.
Able to operate grip gear shift, brake release and steering wheel requiring coupling forces up to ten (10) lbs.
Reach to either left or right shoulder to pull seat belt across body
It is the policy of TRC Inc. to provide equal opportunity in all areas of employment practices, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation (LGBTQIA+), veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law.