Materials Technical Advisor - Locomotive Maintenance (MTA)

Wabtec Corporation

Kansas City, KS


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.

Materials Technical Advisor - Locomotive Maintenance (MTA)

Founded in 1869, Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services. Our Freight Services Division provides locomotive maintenance services to our customers, helping them keep their locomotives running at optimal levels.

The Materials Technical Advisor (MTA) is a hybrid position that combines the best of both worlds, between our materials management and locomotive maintenance oversight areas of expertise. Whether it’s managing critical inventory or advising on repairs, this position provides a full suite of service to our customers – the largest railroad operators in the United States.

Multiple levels of training and certification are available to our Materials Technical Advisors, which provides them with multiple career opportunities within the company as their careers progress. With over 27,000 global employees, Wabtec provides rich career development and growth opportunities for our employees.

What You’ll Do

Materials Management:

  • Responsible for material planning and inventory metrics at a customer railroad maintenance facility
  • Monitors the results of changes to the inventory plan/forecast and recommend modifications
  • Plans for prevention of excess inventory and stock outs
  • Work with all levels of personnel (hourly, supervisory, and general foreperson) in resolving issues, tracking material availability, and advising on material usage
  • Work with customers externally and internally to identify new opportunities to improve our current processes
  • May also include, Lead Inquiry to Order (ITO) processes through Order to Remittance (OTR)
  • Deliver business sales, contribution margin, develop proposals; negotiate with customers; drive competitive pricing
  • Major contribution to the development of an operational year plan for own department activities of the team
  • Suggest improvements in products, processes and procedures
  • Work together with people from the business unit
  • Contacts are under guidance and/or geared towards specifying activities, planning of activities and giving explanations on technical issues
  • Work on the basis of predefined contracts and frameworks
  • Some latitude to deviate from those conditions

Technical Advisor (Locomotive Maintenance)

  • Provide clear communication and technical guidance to railroad employees and management to include troubleshooting, material assistance, tooling and / or locomotive status, safety procedures, productivity and process improvements, and contract requirement clarification.
  • Coordinate and provide instruction on key programs and procedures related to locomotive maintenance and modifications.
  • Provide technical mentorship to teams, including troubleshooting, material handling, tooling, safety procedures, and contract requirement clarification
  • Provide clear communication to employees, customer management, and Wabtec management on work to be performed, equipment status, efficiency, and process improvements.
  • Partner with teams to promote, maintain, and drive continuous improvement in safe work practices while supervising productivity, quality assurance, and adherence to contract requirements
  • Ensure compliance with all governmental regulations, OSHA work practices, and industry / site specific work rules
  • Work with employees and management on establishing production plans for labor, material, and logistics
  • Work with various software systems to run material, labor plans, and other systemic requirements


  • Bachelors’ degree in a technical discipline from an accredited college or university

  • Or 4+ years of military experience (preferably in a maintenance related specialty)

  • Or a High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 4 years of operations experience

  • Or associate degree in technical discipline with a minimum of 2 years professional work experience

  • Willingness and ability to work various shifts, various days, and work in shop environment

  • Proficiency in MS office applications

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Validated analytical and quality improvement ability

  • Ability to interface at all levels of the organization, both internally and externally

  • The ability to maintain reliable and predictable attendance

  • A high level of dependability, a great attitude, and an ability to work well with a team towards achieving a common goal

Don’t have experience maintaining or managing inventory for locomotives? That’s ok! We provide in-depth technical training to give our material technical advisors the knowledge and expertise needed to be successful.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Paid training and certification programs
  • Competitive total compensation packages
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Unlimited time off (in accordance with your leader)
  • 100% matching 401(k) contributions (up to 3%) with an additional Annual Contribution of 3% - that’s a total of 6% of your annual compensation in Company-provided contributions!
  • Lump sum relocation may be offered where eligible.


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.