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Mechanical Engineer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 263 | JOB GRADE:14 



Knorr Brake Company is the innovative leader in the manufacture and supply of braking systems, passenger doors and climate-control equipment for all types of Mass Transit customers such as: METRO, Light Rail Vehicles, High-Speed Trains, Commuter Rail and Monorail Vehicles for the North America market. We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today at www.KnorrBrake.com!



Position Summary

The Mechanical Engineer is primarily responsible for the execution of the design and development of pneumatic and/or hydraulic brake components/assemblies, including brake control units, hydraulic units, Air Supply Units, brake discs, calipers, tread brakes, track brakes and controls for passenger rail transit vehicles. The primary objectives of this position are to develop the braking components on-time, per the customer specification, and to release high quality, accurate technical documentation. The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for aspects of their assigned products, including design, generation of test procedures, troubleshooting test failures, and manufacturing, quality, and purchasing support.


Essential Functions

  • Generate component and assembly designs based on customer and internal specifications
  • Create bill of materials and keep updated
  • Generate and validate Acceptance Test Procedures
  • Development of purchase specifications/requirements
  • Provide manufacturing, purchasing, and quality support
  • Generate change documentation to update engineering documents
  • Review customer specifications
  • Monitor/assure component designs are specification compliant
  • Monitor and provide input to project schedules
  • Support review of manuals for the Technical Publications Department


Required skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge and practical understanding of brake or similar equipment and principles
  • Hands on experience with mechanical systems
  • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical systems
  • Demonstrated leadership in project environment


Broad experience and good theoretical knowledge of engineering principles

  • Physics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Strength of materials
  • Proficient in machine design
  • Manufacturing practices
  • Value engineering
  • Reliability, maintainability, safety and human factors



Bachelors Degree in Engineering



5+ years’ experience in mechanical engineering, product design, prefereable in hydraulics


Business Experience

  • Estimate costs
  • Make good business decisions
  • Risk assessments


Process Orientation

  • Must understand and practice good organization and configuration management skills
  • BOM structuring
  • Configuration/Change Contro


Must be able to travel on short notice

What does Knorr Brake Company have to offer you? 

- Competitive Health Benefits, including Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision and Video visits
- Company-paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Coverage
- Accident Insurance
- Health and Dependent Care FSAs
- Generous 401(k) plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Free corporate passes to the Baltimore Zoo and Aquarium 
- Free gym membership
- Additional discounts include cellular, auto, theme park & attraction tickets, local restaurants, bank partnerships, etc.
- Paid “KBC Cares” Volunteer Time Off
- Vacation and Sick/Administrative Leave
- 12 company-paid holidays (includes full week between Christmas and New Year’s)
- Monthly employee welfare events and corporate outreach (Crab Feast, Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Chili Cook-Off, etc.)

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore