Engineer 4, Vehicle Systems

LOCATION: Rochester HillsUnited States | BRAND: KNORR-BREMSE | REQUISITION ID: 864 



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 4, Vehicle Systems (Steering)

Reports To:                 Engineering Manager, Steering         

Date Last Revised:     March 24, 2021




Position Summary:


The Steering Systems Engineer is responsible for the design, development, and evaluation of next generation Active Steering systems on commercial vehicles that will support the Highly Automated Driving roadmap.


The successful candidate will actively engage with customer engineering groups and the global Knorr-Bremse team to support development of a global product roadmap which meets the current and future requirements of the North American market.


This position is responsible for the design, development, the design of steering systems on commercial vehicles for:

  • Lane Centering
  • Position control
  • Electronic power steering
  • Redundant System Architectures for fail safe operation


Essential Functions:


  • Defines, evaluates and optimizes technological concepts concerning electronic and mechatronic design of steering systems, according to given customer specifications.
  • Identifies and defines technical requirements for state-of-the-art steering system components.
  • Evaluates different concepts with respect to technological and commercial aspects.
  • Creates specifications, under consideration of market and technology trends.
  • Plans, conducts and coordinates a broad range of complex engineering technical assignments requiring an in-depth knowledge of advanced techniques and principles and their application.
  • Cooperates with customers in assessing and optimizing system specifications, in sales and continuously throughout the whole development process.
  • Leads development programs for systems and subsystems.
  • Continuously provides qualified feedback to involved development engineers and teams, to improve system performance.
  • Monitors system performance in the prototyping, test and verification phase.
  • Manages the commissioning phase with the customers, and eventually analyzes malfunctions may arise.
  • Develop and execute technical plans (analysis, simulation, vehicle test) to validate system installation.
  • Travel to test track, winter test facility and customer demos.
  • Normally regarded by Engineering as a technical expert in an engineering technology or product line.
  • Would be a resource to other engineers.
  • Will direct and coordinate the technical activities of other engineers or engineering support personnel on specific assignments.
  • Has appreciable latitude for independent action and decision.
  • Position is non-supervisory.
  • Duties are performed from general instructions only, with a minimum of supervision. 




  • Understands processes and products in multiple disciplines including
    • Steering systems
    • Mechatronics
    • Vehicle dynamic controls with focus in commercial vehicles
  • Knowledge of principles and theories of the engineering profession
  • Sound understanding of the organization.
  • Understands core processes.
  • Solid project management skills. 
  • Strong technical knowledge and project management knowledge and organizational skills.
  • Applied knowledge of vehicle dynamics with preference in commercial vehicles
  • In-depth knowledge of brake systems or other advanced pneumatic based control systems.
  • Six Sigma or statistical tool usage for troubleshooting
  • Knowledge of vehicle communications protocols such as J1939 or Power Line Communications (PLC).



  • 7+ years of engineering experience, preferably in the automotive or commercial vehicle industry
  • 1-5 years of systems engineering or application engineering
  • Work experience in Agile product development culture with focus on Scrum for Hardware preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership in a global organization with a matrix reporting structure.


Job Requirements:


  • Estimated 20% travel (test track, winter test, customer locations, internationally), including supporting multi-week testing off site.
  • Individual must be a U.S. citizen or Green Card Holder





  • Familiar with product quality tools such as design and system FMEA, Specification Management, and Design Validation.
  • Utilize advanced simulation tools (Simulink, TruckSim, CarSim, etc) to evaluate system functional growth and compare to baseline performance.
  • Able to handle multiple conflicting priorities and interface with sales, marketing, and engineering
  • Able to lead a team of people to achieve project milestones or implement customer requirements. 
  • Possesses strong problem-solving skills.
  • Possesses good presentation skills
  • Possesses good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good coaching skills. 
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team in a dynamic working environment including international team members
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others, within and with diverse cultures, both independently and within teams and with cross-functional teams in coordinating and prioritizing development




Bachelor's degree in engineering with 5+ years related experience.  Master degree a plus.  



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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