Railroad Friction Products Corporation manufactures COBRA high-friction and low-friction composition brake shoes, specialty shoes and disc brake linings for freight, locomotive and transit vehicles.
The Engineering department is responsible for the design configuration, application engineering and project management activities associated with the development and qualification of new friction products, primarily brake shoes and disc brake pads for rail vehicles. The Project Engineer is responsible for the technical aspects of developing a new product or selecting an existing product for a new application and managing the project from initial requirements definition through to successful qualification with the customer and implementation into production.
Primary responsibilities include:
Working closely with Marketing, the Project Engineer defines customer requirements and communicates these requirements to R&D for proper material selection, to Design Engineering for proper product configuration, to Dynamometer Test for the testing required and to the rest of the organization as to project scope.
- The Project Engineer develops a detailed project plan with schedules and executes the plan within the company’s Product Development System (PDS).
- The Project Engineer is primarily responsible for the configuration design, preparation of test plans, and analysis of test results. This includes verification tests during development and validation tests on production parts.
- The Project Engineer works with the Design Engineer to prepare drawings reflecting the product configuration, R&D to select the correct friction material, Dynamometer Test to conduct test programs, and the PUR Technician to make test samples.
- Depending on the project, field testing may be conducted by the Project Engineer or the Project Engineer may support customer led qualification test programs. The Project Engineer handles final report preparation and presentation to the customer on both in-house and field tests.
- The Project Engineer works with R&D, Manufacturing and Quality departments to develop and document the manufacturing process. Open technical issues with the customer are resolved and final validation testing approved by the Project Engineer.
- Administratively, the Project Engineer is responsible for progress reporting, identifying problem areas and recommending corrective actions to ensure successful and timely project completion.
Minimum Reqired Qualifications:
Education and/or Experience:
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with particular strength in dynamics.
- Three (3) years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of friction materials, braking, and/or railroad air brakes preferred.
- Foreign language desirable.
- Good verbal and written communication skills
o Able to read, analyze, and interpret applicable technical articles and papers.
o Able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.
o Able to write reports in a professional style and format.
- Strong Engineering Ability
o Able to analyze brake test results, applying engineering concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinematics, and friction.
o Able to apply industrial statistics to evaluate the significance and validity of test results and the capability of production processes.
o Knowledge of Design of Experiments a plus.
o Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
o Able to work with abstract ideas and with imperfect information when making decisions and recommendations.
o Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
o Experience with Project Management software.
- Supervisory Responsibilities
o This job has no supervisory responsibilities.