R0060660 Principal Quality Engineer – Network Communications

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: 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.


The Principal Quality Engineer – Network Communications will be part of a team developing world class Digital Solutions focusing on driving high quality communications and network solutions. Modern digital solutions are dependent on having data and managing high quality network communications in a predictable timeframe, and successfully communicating across modern networks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This role provides quality leadership for network communications protocol, implementation and validation.  It will also recommend process improvements and support governance throughout the process including participating in critical architectural, design and test reviews.  S Principal Quality Engineer – Network Communications will participate in debug for critical issues.  

 In this role you will: 

• Develop whitepapers, guidelines for network architecture for embedded and enterprise systems for developing robust, resilient products.

• Develop network test strategy for integrated solutions. 

• Be responsible for the continuous improvement of process effectiveness and efficiency.  Support engineering teams developing, optimizing and implementing new Network related.

• Supporting architectural, design and test reviews.

• Supporting investigation and debug of network and protocol issues

• Develop and maintain metrics / measurement system for continuous improvement of network solutions. 

• Support continuous product and process improvement through detailed failure analysis for non-conformances, and development of effective and compliant solutions to prevent recurrence of issues and quality escapes. 

Minimum Qualifications_:_

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.)

  • BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject 

  • 7 years of experience in software development, implementation and/or quality

  • Strong knowledge of software development methodologies, tools, and processes

  • Expertise in LAN and WLAN communications, including the ability to troubleshoot complex network issues 

  • Expertise in IP based protocols such as UDP, TCP, ICMP, etc…

  • Expertise in network configuration

  • Ability to benchmark / stress test networks

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong team player 

  • High personal energy and self-accountability

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with both technical and nontechnical audiences 

  • Able to lead by influence while working in a matrix environment 

  • Experience with hardware virtualization platforms (VM) i.e. hypervisor

  • Experience with software automation

  • Understanding of firewall implementations and other network security methods

  • Familiar with Safety Critical Software Development

  • Experience working in an Agile environment, leveraging either Scrum or Kanban

  • MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject 

  • 10 years of experience in software design or test

Wabtec provides a competitive total compensation package that includes a comprehensive employee benefits program.

Wabtec also contributes Annual and Matching contributions to your 401(k) account to help your savings grow. Each pay period, Wabtec will match 100% of your contribution up to a maximum of 3% of your eligible compensation. Wabtec also will make an Annual Contribution of 3% of your compensation, whether or not you contribute your own funds to the Savings Plan. That’s a total of 6% of your annual compensation in Company-provided contributions!

12 paid holidays

Unlimited time off (in accordance with your leader)

**Relocation assistance may be available to those who qualify


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.