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Engineer 3, Product Application

LOCATION: Rochester HillsUnited States | BRAND: KNORR-BREMSE | REQUISITION ID: 862 



Knorr-Bremse Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems and supplier of additional sub-systems for rail and commercial vehicles. Wouldn’t it be great to play an active part in shaping the future of mobility? For our location in Mödling we are looking for . 



Position Title:              Engineer 2-3, Product Application (Steering)

Reports to:                  Manager, Engineering

Date Last Revised:     April 5, 2021



Position Summary:


The Application Engineer has the responsibility for all aspects of technical specification and release of the organization’s steering systems for North American customers and serves as the technical expert.  The Engineer actively engages with the global Knorr-Bremse Steering team to support development of a global product roadmap which meets the requirements of the North American market.     



Essential Functions:


  • Responsible for customer requirement capture and translation into system design using products within the Sheppard/Knorr-Bremse Steering product portfolio.
  • Support customer with steering systems application (including Pitman arm, pump, hoses, etc.); provides steering system design and component selection (including external supplier selection as required) in cooperation with global Knorr-Bremse Steering team.
  • Support prototype specifications and vehicle installations for steering system prototypes in cooperation with global Knorr-Bremse Steering team
  • Identify and provide remedy for system performance gaps.
  • Participate in regular communication with the global Knorr-Bremse Steering team to align global product roadmap with needs of the North American market.
  • Develop and execute technical plans (analysis, simulation, vehicle test) to validate system release and product applications.
  • Support Program Management in the Product Development and Commercialization (PDC) process.
  • Develop technical documentation for products.
  • Benchmark competitive systems.
  • Interface with customers, driver assistance system engineers, brake and chassis system engineers and management to communicate status of projects.
  • Willing to travel (test track, customer locations, winter test, global development and manufacturing centers) as required up to 25%.





  • Expert technical knowledge of conventional and automated steering systems and constituent components is required.
  • Broad automotive and hydraulic systems knowledge, preferably related to heavy truck.
  • Knowledge and experience with product quality tools such as FMEA, DVP&R, and ISO 26262
  • Understanding of materials and manufacturing processes especially in the areas of iron castings, steel forgings, and elastomer sealing concepts





  • A minimum of 5+ years of experience in steering systems or closely related technology.
  • Hands on mechanical, electrical, automotive experience.
  • Experience in the heavy-duty truck, bus and/or automotive market is a plus.
  • Strong product design experience.
  • Ability to work in a global, cross-functional team in a dynamic working environment.
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL) or willingness & capability to obtain CDL within a year of employment.
  • Greenbelt certified a plus.





  • Ability to assimilate data quickly
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and a positive/proactive work ethic.
  • Capable of prioritizing time/resources/ goals and possess strong interpersonal skills to ensure success in a cross-functional, team environment.
  • Uses CAD software  (CREO) to perform FEA analysis and mechanism simulation; Creates parts, assemblies, and drawings throughout the product release process
  • Formulates new processes and strategic thinking and leads the development of new core processes to enhance business unit performance.
  • Ideal candidate is a self-starter with demonstrated project management skills.
  • Supports new projects and programs in anticipation of business needs. Supports teams in planning and decision making.   
  • Strong customer orientation to enhance business relationships and growth.
  • Capable of performing in a highly stressful environment.
  • Influences and motivates others, provides direction, removes barriers, supports high impact teams.
  • Leads with sense of urgency




  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering required.

Position Requirements: 


The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




Continuous innovation pushes the technological progress of our systems, which are geared towards quality, safety and reliability, and distinguishes us as an internationally reliable partner. 
We offer you an exciting and varied job in an international environment as well as an attractive set of benefits. These range from flexible working time models through professional and personal development opportunities to sports and health care programmes.

The minimum salary for this position is EUR XXXX gross monthly or more depending on qualifications and experience.



Apply now online if you want to advance in a strong team. We look forward to receiving your application.

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