Mechanical Engineer: Forensic Consulting

Talas Engineering - Hayward, CA

Full-timeEstimated: $83,000 - $110,000 a year

TALAS ENGINEERING, INC. is a dynamic engineering consulting firm, and a leading provider of engineering and scientific expertise and technical services in the areas of Accident Reconstruction, Biomechanical Analysis, Design Analysis, Human Factors, Failure Analysis and Materials Science.

Challenging questions are asked when accidents happen or when people get hurt. Talas Engineering develops and provides knowledge and information to answer these questions by combining engineering principles with insightful scientific analysis, research, and testing. Teams of engineers and technicians utilize state-of-the-art techniques and current knowledge of the scientific literature when seeking solutions. Talas engineers and scientists have extensive industry experience to respond quickly to requests for comprehensive accident investigations, engineering and scientific evaluations and in-depth analyses. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, we provide our consulting services throughout the United States.


Talas Engineering, Inc. is currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer interested in developing a career in consulting, with an interest in accident reconstruction and failure analysis. The engineer will work as part of a team on a variety of accident reconstruction and forensic mechanical engineering projects including single and multi-vehicle on and off-highway accidents, accidents and alleged failures associated with industrial equipment and recreational equipment, and accidents and/or allegations of product failure in transportation and industrial systems. Key responsibilities include analysis and simulation of vehicle dynamics, vehicular impact analysis, static and dynamic testing, general forensic analysis and testing, accident site examination and documentation, vehicle and equipment examinations and inspections, technical review of incident-related documentation, clear communication of findings both orally and in writing, and managing projects and client expectations.

Project work at Talas is team-oriented, with opportunities for self-directed analysis and research. Talas staff present research results at international conferences, and in peer-reviewed publications. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated creative thinker, a team player with strong analytical and problem-solving skills and demonstrated attention to accuracy and detail, has outstanding oral and written communication skills, demonstrates leadership potential, and can effectively interact with technical and non-technical people. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to grow professionally within Talas Engineering, and over the long term to develop their own self-sustaining engineering consulting practice.

Additional Useful Skills (or skills that may be developed over time):

  • Hands on-experience with motor vehicle systems and mechanics
  • Experience in failure analysis and/or accident reconstruction
  • Familiarity with dynamic testing, data collection, and data analysis
  • Experience with 3D measuring equipment and imaging software
  • Familiarity with Autocad and 3D solid-modeling software
  • Knowledge of accident reconstruction software such as PC-Crash and HVE
  • Experience with 3D modeling and rendering software such as 3ds Max
  • Experience using occupant kinematics modeling software such as MADYMO
  • Knowledge and experience in photogrammetry

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a strong background in mechanics and dynamics. An advanced degree and previous industrial experience are significant pluses and are correlated with positive outcomes. Those possessing other degrees when coupled with demonstrated relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Talas Engineering, Inc. offers a competitive salary commensurate with education, training, background, and experience, as well as an outstanding package of health insurance benefits, life insurance, 401(k) Retirement Program, and profit sharing. Talas Engineering, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time


  • relevant industry: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Master's (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)