Electrical Engineer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 2780 | JOB GRADE:15 



Knorr Brake Company is the innovative leader in the manufacture and supply of braking systems, passenger doors and climate-control equipment for all types of Mass Transit customers such as: METRO, Light Rail Vehicles, High-Speed Trains, Commuter Rail and Monorail Vehicles for the North America market. We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today at www.KnorrBrake.com!



HVAC Electrical Engineer


The HVAC Electrical System Engineer is responsible for the execution of the electrical design and development of Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning systems and controls for passenger rail transit vehicles

The primary objectives of this position are to develop the HVAC electrical design on time, within the approved budget, and specification compliance while achieving a high level of customer satisfaction minimizing or mitigating risks.


The Electrical Engineer is the primary technical contact for the electrical topics with the customer and is responsible for the HVAC system electrical design, including calculations, integration, testing, commissioning, and customer training.  The HVAC electrical systems engineer is responsible for the HVAC electrical calculations and selecting the electrical components of the system, in conjunction with the HVAC System Engineer.


Essential Functions

  • Review customer specifications.
  • Perform system electrical calculations.
  • Prepare technical proposals related to the electrical engineering area.
  • Develop system electrical specifications and assure compliance.
  • Develop system electrical and wiring diagrams and schematics and keep updated.
  • Create system bill of materials together with the HVAC System Engineer and HVAC Mechanical Engineer, keep updated, and provide cost estimates per system bill of materials.
  • Development of electrical component specifications/requirements
  • Create the System Functional Description, in conjunction with the HVAC System Engineer
  • Provide customer “feedback” to design engineers and marketing.
  • Responsible for the HVAC system type testing at the unit and car level in the climate chamber together with the HVAC System Engineer.
  • Identify component-level tasks and responsibilities, and guide/direct/monitor individuals as necessary.
  • Support to MNA Customer Training department.


Technical Competencies and Skills

Engineering Principles: Broad experience and good theoretical knowledge of electrical

  • Power electrical engineering (AC and DC circuits as per IEEE, AAR, ICEA, IEC, NEC, ANSI, MIL, APTA, ASTM Stds) 
  • ASHRAE fundamentals and industry requirements
  • Electrical components sizing and selection (circuit breakers, contactors, relays, wires, electrical motors, etc.)
  • Industrial controls 
  • Proficient in machine design
  • Manufacturing practices
  • Value engineering
  • Reliability, maintainability, safety, and human factors
  • Electrical/electronic controls


Software Experience:  Should understand the software development process and capabilities with microprocessor-based systems:

  • Define requirements for software SRS through SFD
  • Specify hardware performance requirements (HRS)
  • Troubleshoot and test microprocessor-based equipment at PIU/PTU level
  • Define system diagnostic functions to be performed by the microprocessor
  • Business Experience:  Must have good business sense.
  • Estimating costs
  • Make good business decisions
  • Risk assessments


Industry Experience:  Knowledge and practical understanding of HVAC or similar equipment and principles

  • Experience with ground mobile equipment preferred
  • Experience with integrated electromechanical systems
  • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical systems
  • Demonstrated leadership in a project environment


Process Orientation:  Must understand and practice good organization and configuration management skills

  • BOM structuring
  • Configuration/Change Control
  • Computer Literacy; 
  • Electric CAD system
  • Proficient with spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Scheduling (Microsoft Project)
  • Word processing programs (MS Word)
  • Presentation software (PowerPoint)


Leadership and Teamwork:  Must be able to clearly define requirements and expectations to others (Project Manager, Customer, Engineers, Purchasing, etc.)

  • Must be able to work well in a team environment both internally and with customers.
  • Must be an effective negotiator (Internal departments, European partners Customers, End Users)
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Must have a strong desire to succeed with high expectations, both of themselves and others


Professional Writing:  Must be able to write clear and precise documentation


Time Management:  Must be able to read a large volume of material (usually customer specifications) and ascertain the salient points

  • Manage multiple and conflicting priorities.


Communication Skills:  Must have effective communications and presentations skills

  • Ability to conduct effective Design Reviews
  • Generate Technical Presentations
  • Training of customers on product performance, use, and maintenance


Motivation: Must be energetic, hard-working, and willing to put in extra effort when required.


Flexibility:  Scheduling of work sometimes requires short notice for extended hours beyond the normal schedule. Must be able to travel on short notice and sometimes for several weeks at a time, especially during the type testing at the car level.  


Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

5+ years of relevant experience


What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

- Competitive Health Benefits, including Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision and Video visits
- Company-paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Coverage
- Accident Insurance
- Health and Dependent Care FSAs
- Generous 401(k) plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Free corporate passes to the Baltimore Zoo and Aquarium 
- Free gym membership
- Additional discounts include cellular, auto, theme park & attraction tickets, local restaurants, bank partnerships, etc.
- Paid “KBC Cares” Volunteer Time Off
- Vacation and Sick/Administrative Leave
- 12 company-paid holidays (includes full week between Christmas and New Year’s)
- Monthly employee welfare events and corporate outreach (Crab Feast, Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Chili Cook-Off, etc.)




Nearest Major Market: Baltimore