Systems Engineer Test and Commissioning 

LOCATION: Westminster / Maryland (US-MD), United States | BRAND: Knorr Brake Company | REQUISITION ID: 2370 | 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!



The System Test & Commissioning Engineer is responsible for the execution of internal brake system testing; static vehicle commissioning; dynamic vehicle commissioning; design and fabrication of brake system test racks; design and fabrication of special test equipment for KBC; field or local support to engineering for troubleshooting and failure investigation; management of system commissioning process milestones (SCR/SAR); fill-in support of department activities for all 3 business units (as needed).


Essential Functions


General responsibilities include:

  • Creation of test specifications and test plans for system test and commissioning of brake system
  • Specification of test cases for automatic/manual system testing and for static and dynamic commissioning.
  • SW and system testing of application software on test benches and/or on-site on trains.
  • Static and dynamic commissioning of brake systems with highest priority on safety.
  • Provide commissioning training for customers to ensure correct commissioning of KBC brake systems.
  • Organize and execute internal process milestone reviews (SCR/SAR). 
  • Field support to engineering troubleshooting and/or failure investigations.
  • For internal brake system testing, responsibilities of the position may include preparation of test specifications; design and documentation of the system test rack specification; creation of interface test software; execution of system test procedure; and completion of system test report.
  • For vehicle commissioning, responsibilities of the position may include creation of commissioning test procedures; execution of static and dynamic commissioning events; failure investigations, tracking and reporting; creation of trip reports; creation of commissioning reports.
  • For system test racks and special test equipment, responsibilities of the position may include overall design and fabrication of the test equipment; design and fabrication of data acquisition/control hardware and software; allocation of materials needed for construction; documentation of design; development of relevant test procedures; internal or external training; operation of the equipment.
  • For field or local support to engineering for troubleshooting and failure investigation, responsibilities of the position may include communication with involved parties; coordination of on-site or local testing activities; acquiring requisite material; supporting and/or executing the test; producing or providing input to test report.
  • For KBC process milestones, responsibilities of the position may include creation of documentation; coordination of review meeting with the project team; release documentation of documentation.
  • For fill-in support of department activities for all 3 business units, responsibilities may include execution of test procedures and creation and/or support of training aids or BTE’s. This responsibility is meant to convey the occasional necessity to assist with the workload of the Test Engineers and may be assigned on a case-by-case basis.
  • National and International travel is required with durations typical trips being 1-2 weeks at a time. Travel is expected to be 25% or less.  


Technical Competencies

  • Broad experience and good theoretical knowledge of engineering principles

  • Knowledge and practical understanding of qualification and system testing

Software Experience:  

  • Should understand capabilities of microprocessor-based systems

  • LabVIEW experience preferred

Industry Experience:  

  • Knowledge and practical understanding of brake or similar equipment

  • Hands-on experience with electro-mechanical systems

  • Knowledge and practical understanding of pneumatic/hydraulic principals and equipment


Core Competencies

Process Orientation: 

  • Must understand and practice good organization and configuration management skills

  • Business Experience: 

  • Must have good business sense.

Estimate costs of time and material:

  • Make good business decisions

Computer Literacy:

  • Proficient with spreadsheets (Excel)

  • Word processing programs (Word)

  • Data Acquisition and Control (LabVIEW)

  • Ability to learn and use KBC SW tools for system interfacing

Leadership and Teamwork: 

  • Must be able to clearly define requirements and expectations to others (Test Technicians, interns, etc.).

  • Must be able to work well in a team environment both internally and with customers.

  • Must be an effective negotiator (Internal departments, Internal Customers, End Users of produced Equipment.

  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.

  • Must have a strong desire to succeed with high expectations, both of themselves, and others.

Professional Writing: 

  • Must be able to write clear and precise documents

  • Time Management: 

  • Must be able to read a large volume of material (usually test procedures) and ascertain the salient points

  • Manage multiple and conflicting priorities.

Communication Skills

  • Must have effective communications and presentations skills


  • Must be energetic, hardworking and willing to put in an extra effort when required.


Must be able to travel on short notice and sometimes for several days at a time (normally travel should be 25% or less)


Education and Experience

Bachelor Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineer


For Engineer, System Test and Commissioning:
     • ME or EE and 3 years of experience preferred.

For Engineer, System Test and Commissioning Sr.:
     • ME or EE and 8+ years of industry experience preferred.
     • Mastery of 'Essential Functions', Technical, and Core Competencies.

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