LEAD Program – Operations and Technical Manufacturing

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.

Do you have a passion for manufacturing, technology & supply chain excellence, a drive to test yourself & continue learning, and a desire to be part of a company focused on improving the world? This role is perfect for you. Let’s kickstart your career in Wabtec’s LEAD Operations rotational development program.

What to Expect in LEAD (Leadership, Expertise & Accelerated Development):

The LEAD Operations Program is a 2-year rotational program that allows you choose areas of interest and develop your skill sets. LEAD consists of four, 6-month rotations that are intended to provide a broad exposure to the engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and EHS functions leading to successful off program placement in a role that will launch your Wabtec career. You can focus on some of our industry’s most impactful areas in LEAN, 6sigma, supply chain, logistics, materials, testing, services, sourcing, leadership/supervision, additive and more.

But that’s not all! Your program experience will include leadership and technical training, contributions to program operations, exposure to senior leadership, and development of a lifelong network of professionals and friends.


Individuals joining the program in the US have the opportunity to rotate among our domestic business locations. Examples of those locations include Erie, Grove City & Pittsburgh, PA, Greenville & Duncan, SC, Kansas City, MO, Fort Worth, TX, Germantown, MD, Las Vegas, NV & Chicago, IL. International locations are also a possibility.

Relocation lump sum is provided to get you where you need to go

Requirements - We are looking for:

  • Four-year degree in: Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Environmental Health & Safety, Systems Engineering & other related technical degrees.
  • Overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 (based upon 4.0 scale)
  • Graduating by December 2022/January 2023 or May/June 2023
  • Willingness and ability travel and/or relocate with the United States for assignments
  • Open to applicants legally authorized to work in the U.S., without the need for current or future work status authorization or visa sponsorship for employment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • A strong commitment to a career in engineering, supply chain or manufacturing
  • General understanding of engineering, supply chain or manufacturing fundamentals with desire to continue learning
  • Prior intern, co-op, or research experience in engineering, supply chain, logistics, sourcing, manufacturing or relevant areas
  • Ability to learn new skills sets quickly to be able to make an impact in new roles, situations
  • Strong customer focus (internal or external), ability to understand the value proposition for the customer, and commitment to deliver the best value proposition
  • Demonstrated program / project management skills working on and leading teams
  • Leadership experience inside and/or outside the classroom; ability to communicate & tailor messages up and down the leadership chain
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to articulate problems in clear and simple terms; strong analytical skills
  • Ability to solve problems, contribute to creative solutions and challenge the status quo
  • Resilience & ability to pivot with changing directives and metrics
  • Proactively learns new tools and identifies opportunities for improvement and promotes their adoption

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

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.