Consumer Reports, Inc.

Human Factors Engineer, Auto Test

Job Locations US-CT-Colchester
Research, Testing and Development


At Consumer Reports, we know there’s more to testing a car than how the rubber meets the road. While our Auto Engineers do test drive cars and trucks on our test track and around town, they are also assessing how the design and functionality of each vehicle impacts both the driver and passenger’s experience and safety. 


As a Human Factors Engineer, Auto Test  at our 327-acre Auto Test Center, you will report to the Associate Director, Auto Testing. You’ll work closely with Auto testers, Usability Testers and journalists across the organization to test, capture and record the data that contributes to how we evaluate over 100 vehicles per year. 


If you have experience in emerging technology in the auto industry and genuinely care about keeping consumers safer on the road, this is an ideal position for you. Check out here how CR applies a usability lens to our auto testing. 


This position requires you to be onsite at our CT Auto Tester Center in Colchester, Connecticut and is not eligible for remote work.


How You'll Make An Impact:


The extensive testing and exhaustive feedback that CR’s auto testers share is critical information that consumers rely on before they decide which vehicle to purchase. Auto manufacturers are listening as well, using findings from our data, testing and research to influence the safety and usability features included in the cars and trucks they build.


Your expertise in Human Factors, design, usability and ergonomics will play a huge part in how we test, capture and record this influential data.  In this position, you’ll coordinate and participate in the hands-on testing and reporting of findings for nearly 100 production and concept level vehicles each year.  You will also support the Cars testing team by providing market data, automotive retail trends and insights to be integrated into content,  assisting in the purchasing of new test vehicles and tracking how each test vehicle is delivered and ensuring that data concerning running changes, specifications, crash test results and pricing are accurate  in the CR database. You may also be asked to be a CR expert at industry events, in press interviews or on our podcast.


You'll Be Highly Rated If:

  • You have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, , Applied Science. 
  • You have industry experience. You have at least 2-years of experience in a related vehicle-testing capacity in the automotive industry or a Master’s Degree in a related field.
  • You are a strong and confident communicator. Your experience includes communicating findings via written and oral reports.
  • You are comfortable and proficient with both Microsoft and Google Suite. You have used Excel to capture data, PowerPoint for presentations and Google Docs for communication sharing. 
  • You must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.


You'll Be Our Top Pick If:

  • You have multimedia interaction experience.  You don’t have to be an expert but you should be comfortable in interviews, as a spokesperson and on video or podcast platforms.
  • You’re organized.  That includes attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work within deadlines.
  • You can take the lead when it comes to coordinating staff around time-sensitive projects.
  • You’re up to date on everything auto.  That includes compiling and writing industry technical reports. 
  • You are occasionally available to respond as needed to auto-related current events, sometimes outside of normal business hours. 




Our Commitment to Fair Pay:

At Consumer Reports, we are committed to fair, transparent pay and we strive to provide competitive, market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is 94,232 - 105,000. It is anticipated that most qualified candidates will fall near the middle of this range. Compensation for the successful candidate will be informed by the candidate’s particular combination of knowledge, skills, competencies and experience. Salary ranges for union positions are determined by collective bargaining agreement with the NewsGuild of New York.





Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to a fair and just marketplace for consumers. Our team is made up of truth tellers, change agents, and consumer advocates who investigate and build coalitions to fight for fairness and justice in the marketplace. We leverage our evidence-based approach to demand safer products, a healthier environment, and equitable services for everyone.

Our mission starts with you. We offer medical benefits from that start on your first day as a CR employee that include behavioral health coverage and unlimited sick days. There’s also generous family planning benefits and a generous 401K match. Learn more about how CR’s advocates for strong benefits on behalf of their employees here:

Consumer Reports proudly seeks to build a richly diverse workforce by hiring people with a diversity of thoughts, identities, perspectives, and experiences that help advance the difference we make for consumers, and by ensuring our people experience equity and inclusion in their work lives. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and people with disabilities.


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