Quality Engineer 1 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 6327 | JOB GRADE: 14  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: Hybrid 


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 Quality engineer performs system and process audits for group suppliers. Defines semi-product quality specifications and requirements, and qualifies and approves potential suppliers, in cooperation with purchasing department.  Defines quality planning of semi-products, and conducts inspection and approval. Conducts workshops at suppliers. Constantly monitors product safety and quality performance and  liaises with defined suppliers to keep quality standards on a high level. Initiates escalation process for qualification, if appropriate. May provides advice for suppliers on design of semi-products. Supports complaint management regarding supplier problems. Performs regular reporting of audit, project and workshop results as well as local quality reports.


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

  • Responsibility for suppliers of simple commodities (SQE) or simple assembly cells (PQE).
  • Assist in non-conforming material review, MRB, on-hold material and containment of defects.
  • Advanced product quality planning of simple purchased components or simple products.
  • Perform SAP Quality functions (Q-info, inspection plans for receiving inspection, queries, use of supplier portal).
  • Application of statistical techniques to analyze data, make acceptance decisions, and improve process capability (Six Sigma, SPC, DOE).
  • Develop inspection standards determining key characteristics, methodology, and frequency of measurement.
  • Initiate and investigate Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA).
  • Work Cell audits and conducts routine audits and/or surveys to determine acceptability of quality controls.
  • Write process and product validation protocols and reports & equipment qualifications.
  • Asist in Failure Mode and Effects analysis activities for both process and design FMEA’s.
  • Complete capability and gauge R&R studies as directed.
  • Assist in the development of effective quality control and associated risk management plans.
  • Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.


Skills and Competencies

  • Is proactive and strategic thinking.
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills; confident to face customer or supplier.
  • Has organizational skills.
  • Understands KPS or lean behaviors and able to apply these to processes.
  • Experienced with APQP and relevant Quality control tools and processes, including knowledge of or education in Quality Engineering, design control, and verification and validation tools and methodologies.
  • Experienced in Intermediate Math, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Understands PFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis).
  • Has intermediate problem-solving skills.
  • Experienced in Metallurgy/Materials Testing and inspection/measuring machines and tools (ex. CMM, micrometers, calipers, gauges).
  • Customer Orientation - Is about demonstrating service and relationship-orientation toward internal and external customers, satisfying their needs and generating mutually satisfactory solutions.
  • Analytical Thinking - Refers to collecting, analyzing and structuring information using a wide perspective in order to identify key issues and patterns as well as to drawing conclusions.
  • Creativity & Innovation - Includes creating an atmosphere of openness and curiosity for innovations, providing and implementing inventive ideas that add value.
  • Teamwork - Means the ability to work with others and build a positive climate and trusting relationships within teams.
  • Adaptability & Flexibility - Includes the ability to build networks, work successfully in various, complex, changing and challenging environments and with diverse people.
  • Influence & Inspire - Refers to the ability to convince others to embrace ideas, providing compelling arguments and making use of informal processes.



Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or other related Engineering
  • Minimum qualifications 2-3 Years of Relevant Experience


Base Pay Range


The base pay range for this role is $71,920-$107,880 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