Calspan Corporation

Manager, Operations, TIRF

Job Locations US-NY-Buffalo
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Calspan is the premier independent provider of testing and technology development services, solutions, and systems in the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. Our diverse skill set and unique testing capabilities help innovators push the limits of technology to transform the future.

Calspan’s Tire Performance Testing team provides tire research and testing services. The unique capabilities of the laboratory are used to help innovators measure and understand tire performance and characteristics for all types of tires, including those used on automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and aircraft; off-road; by the military; and in motorsports. The Manager, TIRF Operations manages maintenance of test facilities as well as supporting test operations.  Maintains and upgrades test facility’s electrical and mechanical equipment.  Implements process changes to improve operational efficiency.


Core Responsibilities Listed Below – Compensation and position level commensurate with education and experience.

  • Manage in alignment with our Company Values. Lead with the intent to create a respectful and healthy work culture that embraces inclusion. Create awareness in others of their abilities; involve others and share authority in planning and decision-making; challenge the Team and provide support by allowing them to take appropriate risks. Create an environment in which others feel ownership for results and feel comfortable taking action to achieve desired results. Provide timely, constructive feedback regarding performance with a commitment to motivate, train, and develop. Manage administrative responsibilities and assume full responsibility for accomplishments of department functions.
  • Support execution of tire testing operations in an accurate and efficient manner. Organize test objectives and requirements and communicate them to the test crew.  Monitor test program progress and provide feedback to the test crew and customer.  Apply knowledge of engineering methodology to accurately complete and assign tasks within budget and schedule.  Assist in maintaining schedules, assessing risk, monitoring and improving data quality, and communication across all shifts.
  • Review maintenance and equipment performance reports and statistics to plan and modify maintenance activities. Recommend and implement changes to facility and equipment that are cost effective and compliant with safety standards.  Develop and maintain inventory system of critical spares and operating supplies.
  • Develop technical documentation including engineering plans, definition of requirements, test procedures, and related technical analysis reports. Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the department.
  • Maintain engineering drawings which include layouts and three-dimensional models.


Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in Engineering or related discipline.
  • 6+ years in testing or manufacturing environment
  • Previous experience in management position or;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above

 Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Familiarity with experimental test methods
  • Familiarity with tire testing best practices
  • Understanding of complex systems including data acquisition, signal conditioning, and instrumentation
  • Facility maintenance methods and procedures
  • Ability to read, interpret, and manage engineering plans and specifications
  • Understanding of project management concepts (metrics, tracking, etc.)
  • Understanding of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical systems
  • Familiarity with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS)
  • Python, Matlab, and 3D CAD design software experience


Why join Calspan?


Be Calspan Culture

At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons are learned. The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to Be Inclusive, Accountable, and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized. Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action.


Great Benefits = Happy, Committed Employees 

Retaining great talent is as important as finding it, so at Calspan, we take our employee value proposition of Be Calspan quite seriously. To us, that means offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, recognition programs and promotional opportunities. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k), Hospital Coverage, Accident Coverage, Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program, Educational Assistance Reimbursement , and Pet Insurance.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


The salary range provided is a general guideline. Actual pay will depend on several factors, including, but not limited to, education, experience, training, and other applicable qualifications.  Calspan is committed to pay transparency in compliance with applicable state and local laws.


All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 

Salary Range (min)

USD $90,000.00/Yr.

Salary Range (max)

USD $130,000.00/Yr.


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