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Reliability Engineer 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 262 | JOB GRADE:15 



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!



The Reliability Engineer is responsible for the planning and implementation of the investigation, testing, evaluation and reporting of returned product failures of Friction Brake, HVAC, and Door System product lines for passenger rail transit vehicles.

Essential Functions

  • Perform component level failure analysis on mechanical and electrical equipment to support RMA and customer issues, interacting with many groups including Quality, Engineering, Software, and Customer Support amongst others.
  • Test and evaluate the mechanical and electrical characteristics of components to identify root cause of product failures.
  • Provide a comprehensive technical Failure Analysis Report (FAR) and recommend corrective actions based on the results of the analysis.
  • Maintain the Failure Report and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) database.
  • Monitor and document failure trends for both formal customer reliability and internal Knorr engineering investigations, and actively participate in the dissemination of failure information to Knorr personnel, the car builder and transit customers as appropriate.
  • Develops methods, processes, procedures, and equipment that will improve the failure analysis process and/or reduce failures.
  • Monitor returned equipment (RMA) and failure data from both new and fielded systems, participate in product testing programs, coordinate failure analysis activities, generate failure analysis reports, contribute to design corrective actions, and identify trends in equipment reliability.
  • Perform system assurance analyses of components and systems, including Reliability, Maintainability, Safety, Hazards and Life Cycle Cost activities. Typical analyses include Reliability & Maintainability Predictions, FMEA/FMECA, Fault Tree Analyses, LCC, PHA, O&SHA, Hazard Log, Flammability, Smoke Emission and Toxicity, etc. Participate in design reviews with the customer to identify RMSH issues.
  • Establish RMSH organizational responsibilities at Westminster in accordance with US market requirements and in conjunction with the RMSH philosophies of KBM (Munich) and other Knorr subsidiaries.
  • Participate in product development and internal design reviews to assure that RMSH considerations are included in the design process.


Technical Skills

  • Interpret engineering drawings and schematics
  • Hydraulic principles understanding
  • Pneumatic principles understanding
  • Mechanical experience
  • Electrical/Electronic understanding



Experience in the investigation and reporting of root cause failure and corrective actions:

  • Failure investigation
  • Failure Analysis Reporting (FAR)
  • Failure Analysis and Correction Action Systems (FRACAS)
  • RMSH Experience: Experience and knowledge of RMSH engineering principles:
  • MIL-STD / MIL-HDBK documents and terminology
  • Reliability/Maintainability modeling and prediction techniques
  • Safety Analyses (FMEA, Fault Tree Analysis, Hazard Analyses)
  • Life Cycle Cost
  • Statistical analyses techniques (data reduction, modeling, charting)
  • National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards for Flammability, Smoke Emission and Toxicity
  • MS Office Suite software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Fault Tree Analysis software (Item Toolkit)


5-7+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience and knowledge of engineering principles:
  • Experience and understanding of available computer tools


Must be willing to travel to customer locations in support of design/ progress meetings, and to participate in field testing and data collection activities (less than 10%)


Bachelors degree

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or similar discipline




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