Sr Technical Program Manager – Autonomous Rail Vehicles

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:

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.

Role Summary/Purpose

Wabtec is looking for a Sr Technical Program Manager (TPM) to join it’s dynamic and fast paced Advanced Technologies (AT) organization. In this role you will be responsible for leading and executing early-stage development of Wabtec’s first autonomous rail vehicle (ARV) product. You will manage engineering and vehicle development efforts for an ARV prototype and supporting technologies. The Sr TPM will drive this effort by working closely with individuals in the AT organization and with teams across the business as well as through effective communication with teams throughout the organization. Wabtec’s journey into ARV development opens exciting new opportunities to bring together best in class technologies across the Wabtec portfolio as well as new advanced technology development and external partnerships.    

Essential Responsibilities

In addition, you will:

  • Help set and execute the program vision for early-stage ARV product development and key demonstration deliverable of an operational vehicle.    
  • Manage vehicle mechanical and electrical design requirements and layout for prototype and key demonstration initiatives.
  • Manage and support manufacturing efforts for prototype vehicle in collaboration with our internal testing and prototype development teams (b60).
  • Manage autonomous vehicle software development efforts, and coordinate software development activities across engineering teams with support from Sr SW Engineering personnel.
  • Facilitate collaboration across organizations and functions, including meetings and capturing and tracking action items to drive program forward.
  • Drive and help optimize day-to-day operational aspects of the ARV program
  • Regularly communicate program status and key issues to management and key stakeholders
  • Lead sub team on developing plans to meet schedule and quality requirements.
  • Be heavily involved in external collaboration efforts with startups, incubators, and universities as needed to full-fill necessary technical gaps in the perception and situational awareness space.


  • BS or MS or equivalent experience in Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline from an accredited university or college, or relevant and significant industry experience.
  • 8+ years of technical project/program management experience on complex programs
  • Experiencing in having developed and launched new rail vehicle systems and SW technologies
  • Self-starter with strong skills in multi-tasking, influencing, and project execution.
  • Demonstrated commitment for process improvement and critical thinking.
  • Ability to think strategically and tactically to build consensus and drive program forward
  • Desire to want to learn new things and solve complex problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Strong written, communication and presentation skills. 

Desired Characteristics

  • A critical thinker that can quickly understand a new problem space and apply analytic techniques to identify potential value
  • Demonstrated thought leader with an interest in working on Digital Industrial transformation 
  • Challenges conventional thinking and traditional ways of operating and invites stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities
  • Demonstrated change agent with strong credibility and ability to influence across the organization 
  • Demonstrated engineering thought leader with experience developing and executing engineering solutions for businesses to gain efficiency 
  • Experience with product management 
  • Strong command & working knowledge of engineering workflow processes 


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

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