Forensic accident reconstruction engineers work directly with crime scene investigation units to help solve crimes, usually homicides. They are tasked with "remaking" a crime scene after it has been cleaned, and must combine artistry and science to recreate the setting and determine how a crime occurred. Using photos, videos, and other images, they are expected to create highly-realistic models to assist their CSI units.
A high school diploma is required for this position; a college degree is not necessarily required, but may be preferred by some employers. Relevant prior work experience is essential, as this is a highly-specialized field. Strong attention to detail is also important, as they are required to recreate complex scenes without overlooking any necessary details. They must also be able to work well alongside other people, as these crimes are investigated by teams of experienced professionals with a range of particular disciplines.
Forensic accident reconstruction engineers work primarily during traditional business hours. They are not expected to be at the actual crime scene at all times of the day, but may need to work overtime if there is a strong deadline.
Forensic Accident Reconstruction Engineer Tasks
Use various computer analysis programs and calculations.
Reconstruct accidents sites and vehicles involved to determine cause and fault.
Prepare and present written and oral reports on findings.
Investigate and analyze accidents.
Offer expert testimony in legal proceedings.