Manufacturing Engineer

Wabtec Corporation

Germantown, MD


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:

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.

Job Summary:

The NPI Manufacturing Engineer fills the role of liaison between Design, Production and Contract Manufactures, using personal skills, knowledge and understanding of production environments to support continuous improvement within factories.  The successful candidate will apply lean principals to manufacturing processes to improve throughput, plant layout, process methods, human factors and labor efficiency, while implementing state of the art ergonomic and safety standards. Measurable gains in product quality, manufacturing lead-time reduction and cost reduction tied to the successful execution of this position.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to understand the product drawings / documentation and relay this information to the partner's team in order to meet production requirements per the contract.
    The following must be understood and taught as necessary:
    • Product Drawings
    • Documents of Technique
    • Manufacturing Standards
    • Technical Specifications
    • Test procedures, requirements, and techniques
  • Support Production of mission critical electronic, mechanical and pneumatic hardware: solve problems, maintain process control, provide hands-on support, train operators, etc.
  • Understand and improve the day to day function of complex mechanical assembly/test production cells, applying knowledge of Kaizen, 5S, process control, and complexity reduction
  • Participate in new product introduction to include design for manufacturing reviews, production process design, pre-production coordination and initial build set-up for any new products
  • Identify and implement cost reduction and/or quality improvement actions


  • BS in Mechanical, Industrial or Process Engineering, 3 - 5 years’ plant experience as an engineer in the preferably connected to the PCB or cable and harness assembly industry
  • Self-directed, highly detail oriented, organized, and flexible
  • Skills and understanding of process development and process control, particularly as applicable to printed wiring board and complex cable and harness assembly
  • Ability to provide useful Design for Manufacturing/Design for Test inputs during product development phase and validate these through the NPI process
  • Understanding of plant safety, OSHA regulations, hazardous material handling is desired
  • Strong communication skills, with experience developing computer based methods & procedures; familiarity with operator training is desired
  • Hands-on leadership style; highly interactive
  • Other desirable traits are formal training in Lean Manufacturing techniques; formal training in problem solving skills (such as six sigma or Shainin)

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.