Maintenance Technician 

LOCATION: Salisbury / North Carolina (US-NC), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 6125 | JOB GRADE: 11  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


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.




The Maintenance Technician position is responsible for preventive maintenance activities, troubleshooting and repair of all production related equipment throughout the plant.



Essential Functions

  1. Preventative maintenance: Perform scheduled PM activities per written instructions and job knowledge of the specific piece of equipment to prevent breakdowns. Communicate improvement ideas (add/subtract) element to the PM instructions to help improve the equipment OEE.
  2. Equipment work order: Timely response to an equipment breakdown to trouble-shoot root cause of problem, identify possible solutions and to implement the solutions. These activities may include identifying and getting on order components required to complete the repair.
  3. Communicate equipment status with operators and appropriate management personnel. Equipment Includes PLC controllers, HMI's, Hydraulic / pneumatic presses, Pneumatic / electronic test equipment, electronic torque equipment, etc.  
  4. Utilizes misc. hand tools, most common screwdrivers, wrenches, voltage / Amp meter. Has a tool cart and tool bag, laptop.
  5. Requires work outside of and inside of the machines. Requires various positions for a few minutes to a few hours, such as: balancing on narrow footing, climbing, reaching forward/overhead, squatting, kneeling, stooping and/or lying on back, and maneuvering in small tight spaces. Surfaces may be slippery due to coolant, occasionally works off a 2-step stepladder.
  6. Comply with all safety procedures and policies.    
  7. Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  8. Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  9. Must understand, support, and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  10. Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.


Skills and Competencies


  1. Technical Capacity
    • Requires working knowledge of PLC Ladder logic/Function Block (GE Allen Bradley-preferred), HMI software (Redlion, Allen Bradley-preferred), Electrical / Electronic circuit troubleshooting, Pneumatic / Hydraulic circuit troubleshooting, measurement, and test equipment (torque, pressure, force transducers etc). Electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic blueprint reading and electrical panel building / modification
    • Must have working knowledge and comply to all LOCK out / Tag Out procedures
    • Computer skills, including software/hardware
    • Shop math
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Shop use of measuring devices
    • Understanding temperature controls
    • Mechanical / Plumbing
    • Pneumatics
    • Hydraulics
    • Basic lathe and milling machine operation
  2. Communication Proficiency
  3. Organization Skills
  4. Time Management



Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment:

The employee will be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e., noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt etc.  The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.


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


Abilities Required:


  • 20/30 Near Vision
  • Capable of standing on hard surfaces up to eight hours per day
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, with ease
  • Able to carry 50 pounds without assistance, 25 feet
  • Able to lift from waist to overhead, 30 pounds using both hands
  • Ability to work in manufacturing environment, which can expose one to loud noises, dust, chemicals and varying temperatures
  • Ability to reach, grasp, handle and manipulate items with hands
  • Ability to walk, bend, climb, twist, stoop and squat
  • Ability to wear and use proper personal protective equipment; safety glasses, face shield, gloves, ear plugs or ear muffs and steel-toed safety compliant footwear.
  • Normal concentration/intensity; normal memory, taking into consideration the amount and type of information. Complexity of decision making; normal time pressure of decision making.


Physical Restrictions or Requirements: 


  • Normal ability to see, distinguish colors (where applicable), and head
  • Normal sense of touch          



Required Education and Experience

  1. High school diploma or equivalent
  2. 3-5 years of relevant experience


Preferred Education and Experience

  1. Journeyman Electronic Technician



Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
  • This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


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.

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