Applications Engineer 

LOCATION: West Chicago / Illinois (US-IL), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 2998 | JOB GRADE: 15 


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.



Applications Engineer


This highly visible position will oversee many areas of the operations involving the brake shoe testing procedures and processes, updating drawings using CREO, reviewing incoming requests/drawings to determine the viability of the project and other duties as necessary.


Essential Functions

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


  1. Gather customer requirements for the design of rail brake shoes
  2. Prepare technical proposals including clause-by-clause comments to customer spec
  3. Prepare documentation including requirement specs, schematics, etc.
  4. Define and perform necessary tests for customer approval of brake shoes
  5. Create appropriate laboratory tests to gain customer approval of brake shoes
  6. Assist sales and field service engineering staff
  7. Maintain benchmarking program
  8. Perform system-level Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
  9. Develop Verification and Validation Test Procedure
  10. Make technical presentations to customers in support of sales
  11. Create project schedules and budgets; lead sales/application projects
  12. Design & develop new brake shoe configurations
  13. Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  14. Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  15. Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  16. Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.
  17. Responsible for scheduling building maintenance with vendors.
  18. Other duties as assigned.



Skills and Competencies


  1. Solid understanding of rail braking operation and design
  2. Requirements analysis, allocation and traceability
  3. Engineering analysis, solid mechanics
  4. Imperial and metric unit measures
  5. Configuration management
  6. Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and schematics
  7. Microsoft Office:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project
  8. Working knowledge of NYAB/Anchor Engineering Systems and Procedures
  9. FMECA analysis
  10. Communication Skills - Comprises the ability to speak, present, write, listen and distribute information effectively and create an environment for open communication.
  11. 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.
  12. Teamwork - Means the ability to work with others and build a positive climate and trusting relationships within teams.
  13. Adaptability & Flexibility - Includes the ability to build networks, work successfully in various, complex, changing and challenging environments and with diverse people.
  14. Customer Orientation - Is about demonstrating service and relationship-orientation toward internal and external customers, satisfying their needs and generating mutually satisfactory solutions.



Supervisory Responsibility

This position has 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


  1. High school diploma/GED required.  An Associate's Degree is highly desirable, preferably in a mechanical-related field of study.
  2. 10+ Years of directly Relevant Experience required in lieu of an Associate's degree or higher.


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!

Nearest Major Market: Chicago