Senior Design Engineer

Wabtec Corporation

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom


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 Title: Senior Design Engineer – Mors Smitt Relay Design Team

Responsible To : Product Development Director

Hours / Location: 37 per week based at Barton under Needwood

Main Purpose 

  • Design of Electromechanical Relays for high integrity / safety critical functions onboard rollingstock.
  • Experience on Q style / BR 930 railway signaling relays preferred


  • Requirement analysis, developing technical specifications & proposing design concepts / prototypes to meet the requirements, selecting the optimum solution for detailed design engineering.
  • Analyze manufacturing issues and provide support to resolve them, support supply chain to identify and validate alternate material to address obsolescence issues.
  • Detailed design engineering design including DFMEA, engineering calculations, materials selection, verification & validation, manufacturability & serviceability study while meeting the project schedule & performance requirements.
  • Responsible for writing component design specification, component purchase specification, design guides & templates.
  • Responsible for writing validation plans, manufacturing/assembly/service instructions.
  • Responsible for technical review of product specification to ensure compliance to set requirements.
  • Responsible for project metrics related to design reviews, design quality, schedule and cost
  • Suggest and Implement Improvements to manufacturing process to improve efficiency and productivity.
  • Understand the requirement for transfer of manufacturing technology
  • Embrace & Drive culture of Fast work, Simplification, Collaboration, Innovation and Digital
  • Communicate project status, schedules, upcoming deliverables, and technical solutions to the project manager and project stakeholders
  • Method of communications to include, but not limited to, design review process, reliability review meetings, team meetings, project dashboard…etc.
  • Demonstrate very strong communication and analytical skills with thorough understanding of product development and successful problem definition, decomposition, estimation and resolution.
  • Work cross-functionally with global engineering teams, systems engineering, program managers, technology leaders and downstream operations and support teams to ensure on-time execution with on-target quality and cost of programs.
  • Ensure the Product Development projects meet overall budget, operational and quality standards.

Minimum Qualifications / Professional Experience

  • Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree in Mechanical/ Electrical or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or equivalent.
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in the design of electromechanical relays ideally in Railway but could be automotive, aerospace or other similar industry.

Competencies Professional / Personal

  • Design of electromechanical relays / electromagnetic devices.
  • Mechanical CAD design using Solid works, Inventor or similar tools.
  • Electrical design using AutoCAD Electrical or similar tools.
  • Design for RAMS … Reliability / MTBF assessments, Design FMEA, Process FMEA, Functional Failure Analysis … Experience of working to EN61508 / EN50126
  • Design of injection molded enclosures / covers.
  • Design for automated manufacture.
  • Design for additive manufacture.
  • Knowledge of materials sciences including magnetics.
  • Experience using electronic design and PLM tools such as Teamcenter for document control, drawing control, requirements management and engineering change control.
  • Proven experience in delivering high quality product designs with comprehensive understanding of project management principles.
  • Sound understanding of the product design process including testing and validation.
  • Strong influencing skills, strong communication skills and demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Highly dynamic, proactive and motivated, self-motivated, open minded
  • Need to travel on occasion

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.