Lead Engineer - Battery Applications System

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: http://www.WabtecCorp.com.

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Role Summary:

The Engineer will be responsible for the system architecture and application of battery systems in locomotive product development.  The engineer will establish multi-generation technology plans for battery systems to meet increasing demands for greater system efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a recognized leader in the application of battery systems for locomotive designs

  • Anticipate, develop, and apply technologies to current and future locomotive products to promote competitive differentiation

  • Predict behavior of systems through the creation and utilization of analytical models to optimize the overall architecture and anticipate system interactions

  • Collaborate with Product Management to define customer requirements

  • Architect battery system designs that meet or exceed customer expectations

  • Conduct formal trade studies between contending concepts

  • Ensure viability and defend recommendations in design reviews

  • Decompose customer requirements and provide clear definition for subsystem consumption

  • Define and control interfaces between subsystems

  • Author and manage system design documentation (review material, System Functional Specification, Interface Control Document, etc.)

  • Provide systems engineering leadership and technical guidance to teams working assigned projects

  • Conduct optimization studies on performance, total life-cycle cost and reliability

  • Lead system level FMEA’s and system safety analyses

  • Protect the intellectual property rights of the company

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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

  • Demonstrated expertise in battery technologies including battery cell chemistries, packaging design, control systems and thermal management

  • Experience in the integration of battery systems within mobile applications. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in battery cell chemistries, packaging design, control systems and thermal management

  • Experience in designing large, complex systems

  • Ability to formulate strategies with senior management and demonstrated experience in implementing these strategies

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

  • Prior exposure to a manufacturing environment


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.