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Systems Engineer

Knorr-Bremse AG

Knorr-Bremse AG

Software Engineering
Watertown, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

Systems Engineer

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 6271 | JOB GRADE: 15 | ON-SITE/REMOTE: Hybrid

Since 1890, New York Air Brake has been an innovative leader in the heavy-haul railroad industry. As a member company of Knorr-Bremse –the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles--New York Air Brake is recognized worldwide as a Center of Competence for heavy-haul freight railroad control systems. From multiple locations, we serve customers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—reaching clear across the globe to South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Australia. Our talented, diverse, and dedicated teams develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers. Join us in our next steps.


Systems Engineer

The Systems Engineer is an experienced engineer who identifies and defines technical requirements for electronic or mechanic brake system components. Evaluates different concepts with respect to technological and commercial aspects.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Gather customer (Internal/External) requirements for the design of rail braking systems and components.
  • Prepare technical proposals including clause-by-clause comments to customer specifications.
  • Prepare systems documentation including system and subsystem level requirements specifications, schematics, manuals etc.
  • Define and perform commissioning tests for rail vehicle braking systems.
  • Perform functional and software verification testing.
  • Assist senior engineers and field service engineering staff.
  • Develop interface communication documents.
  • Perform system-level Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA).
  • Develop Verification and Validation Test Procedures.
  • Make technical presentations to internal stakeholders and customers in support of sales.
  • Create project schedules and budgets; lead new product development projects.
  • Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.

Skills and Competencies

  • Has a solid understanding of rail braking operation and design.
  • Understands requirements analysis, allocation, and traceability.
  • Understands engineering analysis-fluid dynamics, fundamental electrical, elemental software.
  • Understands imperial and metric units of measure.
  • Understands configuration management.
  • Has the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and schematics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Has working knowledge of NYAB Engineering systems and procedures.
  • Understands FMECA analysis.
  • Understands scheduling, budgeting, planning, and project management.
  • Communication Skills - Comprises the ability to speak, present, write, listen and distribute information effectively and create an environment for open communication.
  • Analytical Thinking - Refers to collecting, analyzing and structuring information using a wide perspective in order to identify key issues and patterns as well as to drawing conclusions.
  • Teamwork - Means the ability to work with others and build a positive climate and trusting relationships within teams.
  • Adaptability & Flexibility - Includes the ability to build networks, work successfully in various, complex, changing and challenging environments and with diverse people.
  • Customer Orientation - Is about demonstrating service and relationship-orientation toward internal and external customers, satisfying their needs and generating mutually satisfactory solutions.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree required; preferrably in an Engineering-related field of study.

2-5 Years of Relevant Engineering experience highly desirable.

Base Pay Range

The base pay range for this role is $80,560 USD – $120,840 USD. The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however, New York Air Brake considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.




From Engineering to Test Laboratory; Manufacturing & Skilled Machine Operation to Sales and Marketing; Field Service to Customer Service; Quality to HR to Finance to Software Development, our team-based approach is built on inclusion, opportunity, development, social responsibility and rewards. You are afforded the chance to grow personally and professionally through challenging assignments, commitment to continuing education, exposure to a variety of projects, and international travel. Our benefits are cutting edge as we offer student loan repayment assistance, lucrative 401k program, company assisted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, wellness program, onsite workout facilities & classes along with competitive salary and incentive compensation, generous paid time off programs and a full array of medical, dental and vision options. We’ve got the right stuff, do you? Let’s find out together.

Then join us! We look forward to receiving your online application!

New York Air Brake LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.