Vehicle Traction Motor Controls Engineer

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.

*PLEASE NOTE: The company is unable to provide any sponsorship for this role.

The Vehicle Traction Motor Controls Engineer designs, develops and tests C software within microprocessors on core electronics which provide the primary traction and auxiliary functions for locomotives and off-highway mining dump trucks.  The Engineer will be directly involved with our latest battery-electric “Flex Drive” locomotive technology, responsible for producing software capable of supporting critical functions along with implementing the first ever power-agnostic capable mining dump truck.

What will be your key responsibilities?

The Engineer will develop application layer software in C for use in the Power PC and other legacy processor devices specific to inverter control requirements on locomotives and off-highway vehicles (OHV).  Design, refine and maintain proper inverter control for various chopper, blower, induction-motor, battery charging and dual mode applications.  Support software integration onto locomotive and off-highway mining truck systems by actively validating on our test tracks and proving ground facility. Collaborate on global teams of Engineers promoting new inverter technology concepts and rapid prototyping.  Execute the design, analysis, or evaluation of assigned projects using sound engineering principles and adhering to business standards, practices, procedures, and product/program requirements.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering *(Must have Electrical Degree)

  • 0-3 years of experience- Entry-Level/New Grads welcome!

  • Fundamental Experience and Understanding of C, C++, MATLAB and Simulink

  • Ability and willingness to work "hands-on" in test labs and on locomotives or off-highway trucks with high HP (1000 KVA), medium voltage (2 KV) and high current (10 KA) systems

  • Experience in software development & qualification for transportation drive systems

  • Experience with system level validation test planning and execution

What can you expect from Wabtec?

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.