Locomotive/Engine Test Technician

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.

We are the doers. The leaders. The makers. Our teams are hungry to make history, acting with integrity to relentlessly improve people’s lives. It’s time to stop dreaming about the future; let’s build it together.

If you are interested in joining our Talent Community, please share your resume with us. When a position that matches your qualifications becomes available it’s that much easier to connect!

This is an hourly union represented position. Local UE 506

Starting wage: $24.62

Position Summary:

The Locomotive/Engine Test Technician is responsible for the testing and diagnostics of all electrical and mechanical systems on a locomotive and locomotive sub-assemblies including, but not limited to, complicated circuits, electrical measurements, air brake systems, diesel engines and interactions between all systems.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Diagnose, adjust, troubleshoot and repair all defects found during testing

  • Conduct track testing of all types of locomotives and be expected to follow all rules pertaining to the operation of a locomotive

  • Calculate and record data; data may have to be compiled into test reports for record keeping

  • Use set ups and special instrumentation required to determine parts performance and systems characteristics

  • Commissioning and troubleshooting light rail vehicles, locomotives and/or coaches

  • Perform, with the use of mechanical drawings, schematics and location circuit plans, electrical and mechanical repairs of various components

  • Use laptops with subsystem software to troubleshoot and test electrical, hydraulic and/or pneumatic systems

  • Diagnose electrical malfunctions in passenger rail control circuits and components, assess the nature of problems, and identify corrective action needed

  • Read, interpret and understand written or electronic information, maintain the information, and compile reports

  • Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures.


Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • 5+ years’ experience in electrical and mechanical diagnostics

  • Knowledge of AC / DC theory, Digital Electronics, and Fiber Optics

  • Knowledge and/or training in Pneumatic Air Systems

  • Must be willing and able to work any shift

  • Must be willing to work in tobacco/smoke free environment


  • Associates degree in an Electrical/Mechanical discipline or related technical discipline from an accredited university or college

Functional Requirements:

  • Understanding and ability to work with complicated electrical schematics, verbal instructions, and / or drawings

  • Ability to meet physical / safety standards for test track operations on all types of Locomotives

  • Ability to properly use and care for assigned tools and equipment

  • Ability to adhere to standards and do a quality job in a safe and timely manner

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks in any combination / concentration in Quality, Safety, Environmental, Lean, and HPWT philosophies

  • Understand math functions including simple math, decimals and fractions

  • Ability to climb repeatedly and work from heights off ladders, platforms, and scaffolds

  • Repeated bending

  • Exposure to constant noise 90 DBA

  • Exposure to fumes/smoke from burning, paint vapors, and dust

  • Prolonged walking/standing

  • Heavy lifting 45+ lbs

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.