Process Engineer 2 (CNC Programmer) 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 4516 | JOB GRADE: 15  | 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 Process Engineer responsibilities will involve supporting and improving all machining and special processes. Included in these activities are programming CNC equipment, robotic deburr, Sugino wash and other new automation. Other activities to include tooling selection, fixture design, maintaining all tooling and machine programming documentation, utilize CMM equipment, new product development and design, troubleshooting machine and tooling issues, etc. Essential Functions Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Investigate improvements in tooling design/technology and develop new tooling vendors for continued improvement in cost, delivery and solutions.

2. Establish robust and effective manufacturing processes with the appropriate measures for control, including but not limited to process capability evaluations, SPC, PFMEA's, Poke Yoke, PM's, JSA's, etc. The processes should maximize the utilization and efficiency of both capital equipment and direct labor.

3. Implement and maintain Standard Work for manufacturing processes including, but not limited to, the development of the process, the output expectations and cost-effective packaging.

4. Develop, implement, evaluate and review training plans of operators to assure work instructions and safe methods are being followed, as well as to ensure satisfactory efficiencies. The Process Engineer will also participate in the piggy-back training and evaluation of the trainee.

5. Provide shop-floor support on process and quality issues. Provide leadership in coordinating resolutions with other internal functions (Quality, SCM, Engineering, Sales etc.)

6. Lead and solicit suggestions and input from all team members for continuous process improvement (Kaizen events, Hazard Traps, etc.)

7. Audit work areas to sustain appropriate manufacturing methods.

8. Provide design review representation for manufacturing. Review new product designs for manufacturing tooling, standards and capabilities. Recommend design changes for manufacturing and cost effectiveness in support of value engineering.

9. Estimate manufacturing costs on new products. Establish and maintain time standards and standard data elements for processes and equipment.

10. Participate in capital equipment procurement and justification. This would include machine tool selection.

11. Investigate internal quality issues as well as customer complaints, verify root cause and implement/verify and communicate corrective actions.

12. Support or assist in audit activities (internal quality, 5S, safety, customer and governing agencies, etc.) during evaluation of NYAB.

13. Provide daily leadership to the shop floor. This position will assume supervisory responsibility in the absence of the production supervisor.

14. Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.

15. Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.

16. Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.

17. Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the Goal Tree.


Skills and Competencies

1. Technical Capacity • Tooling selection, fixture designing and • Programming CNC equipment, robotic deburr, and other automation tools. • Tool maintenance, machine programming documentation, and utilize CMM equipment.

2. Excellent troubleshooting skills

3. Excellent with time management

4. Good working knowledge of lean principles and tools

5. Good leadership skills

6. Proficient in Microsoft Office

7. Basic SAP knowledge Supervisory Responsibility This position has some supervisory responsibilities of machine technicians Work Environment The employee will be required to perform duties on a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e. noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt etc.


Physical Demands

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of an office work environment position.


Required Education and Experience 

1. Bachelors Degree, Industrial, Manufacturing or Process Engineering

2. 2-5+ years of experience Key Figures (e.g. KPI): Cost, Productivity, Quality, and HSE Training/ Certifications: Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma 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.


The base pay range for this role is $80,560 USD – $120,840 USD. The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however, New York Air Brake considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Watertown