Engineering Technical Leader- Fuel Cell Development

Wabtec Corporation

Erie, PA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

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Role Summary/Purpose -

The engineer will be responsible for the design & development of hydrogen fuel cells for use in heavy duty applications, specifically locomotive and mining.  The engineer will establish verification and validation plans for fuel cells to meet stringent demands for these severe duty applications and provide an option for the end customer to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The engineer should have demonstrated expertise in the integration of fuel cells into mobile applications, and component level development necessary to meet application specific requirements… including the need to understand ambient conditions and duty cycle effects on reliability and overall life cycle cost. A broad understanding of fuel cell types, benefits, drawbacks, and future trends for each.  Accepted degrees include electrical and mechanical engineering.

Essential Responsibilities –

  • Serve as a recognized leader in fuel cell design and validation test methods.
  • Anticipate, develop, and apply technologies to current and future locomotive and mining vehicles to promote competitive differentiation
  • Predict behavior of fuel cells through the creation and utilization of analytical models to optimize component design.
  • Collaborate with Systems Engineering to define requirement flow down  from higher level customer needs.
  • Work with suppliers on long term fuel cell technology development for component and system level Multi-Generational Product and Technology Plans (MGPP & MGTP)
  • Conduct formal trade studies between contending concepts and fuel cell types necessary to meet system level needs.
  • Ensure viability and defend recommendations in design reviews
  • Properly understand and communicate component level requirements based on system needs.
  • Author and manage design documentation (review material, Component Functional / Purchase Specifications and Interface Control Documents, etc.)
  • Provide engineering leadership and technical guidance to teams working assigned projects.
  • Conduct optimization studies on performance, total life-cycle cost and reliability.
  • Interface with fuel cell suppliers, manage relationship and proper communication and interpretation of requirements.
  • Lead component level FMEA’s and safety analyses
  • Protect the intellectual property rights of the company

Qualifications/Requirements -

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 8 years of hands-on experience in a design environment

Desired Characteristics -

  • Expertise in fuel cell technologies… including vehicle system integration, packaging, control and thermal management.

  • Experience in designing components for heavy industry, specifically off-road applications (locomotive, mining, etc…)

  • Ability to formulate design and validation strategies with senior engineering leaders, Principle Engineers & Sub-system managers.

  • Proven track record of delivering results and leading teams in a dynamic business environment

  • Proven record of working cross-functionally with Sourcing, Manufacturing & Quality organizations.

  • Prior exposure to a manufacturing environment

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Effective team player and facilitator

  • Customer-centric mindset

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

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