Mechanical Engineer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 3881 | JOB GRADE:14 



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!




The Mechanical Engineer is primarily responsible for the execution of the design and development of pneumatic and/or hydraulic brake components/assemblies, including brake control units, hydraulic units, Air Supply Units, brake discs, calipers, tread brakes, track brakes and controls for passenger rail transit vehicles.


The primary objectives of this position are to develop the braking components on-time, per the customer specification, and to release high quality, accurate technical documentation.

Mechanical Engineers are responsible for aspects of their assigned products, including design, generation of test procedures, troubleshooting test failures, and manufacturing, quality, and purchasing support.

Essential Functions:

  • Generate component and assembly designs based on customer and internal specifications
  • Validating customer specifications and coordinating commentary with the departments
  • Conducting the installation investigation of the brake units
  • Creating 3D models of the brake units for the customers
  • Create and maintain bill of materials
  • Creating internal development orders (REDs)
  • Assisting the new product development process by participating in design meetings
  • Specifying and reaching agreement on the drafts of the installation investigations with the relevant series-production development departments
  • Assisting the customer, sales and aftermarket with short-term enquiries
  • Generate and validate Acceptance Test Procedures
  • Development of purchase specifications/requirements
  • Provide manufacturing, purchasing, and quality support
  • Generate change documentation to update engineering documents
  • Monitor/assure component designs are specification compliant
  • Monitor and provide input to project schedules
  • Support review of manuals for the Technical Publications Department
  • Other responsibilities as defined by the Manager of Mechanical Engineering
  • Maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment and ensure the compliance with company's rules and policies.
  • Must be able to comply with quality, product safety, and HSE rules, guidelines and regulations. Be energy conscious, if applicable.
  • Must understand and comply with applicable standards. ( i.e.: ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22163, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, and CMMI).
  • Maintain and safeguard business records



  • For work on complex projects:
    • Manufacturing practices
    • Value engineering
    • Reliability, maintainability, safety and human factors
    • CAD Modeling
    • Electrical/electronics 
    • Knowledge and practical understanding of brake or similar equipment and principles
    • Hands on experience with mechanical systems
    • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical systems
  • Configuration/Change Control
    • Proficient in Creo 4.0+ / Windchill
  • Analytical-thinking & decision-making
    • Estimate costs
    • BOM structuring
    • Strategic decision making with respect to design and manufacturing
  • Organization
    • Must understand and practice good organization and configuration management skills
  • Risk assessment


Education and Experience:

Bachelor Degree plus 6-8 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.)


Knorr Brake Company 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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore