Mechanical Design Engineer

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Date: 20 Feb 2024

Location: Hornell, US

Company: Alstom

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 36 300 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.  


Alstom’s approach can be summarized in one word – “fluidity”.  Alstom is a global leader in passenger, freight and mining rail transportation, signalling, and infrastructure, and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.  We are a global leader in the transportation sector, in the digital age. As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customised services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated transport systems. The company recorded sales of €8.1 billion and booked €12.1 billion of orders in the 2018/19 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 36,300 people. Visit to learn more about our business.


Job Title (Job Code):        Mechanical Lead Engineer (MLE)


  • Managing one Mechanical Domain resources, activities and deliverables on a project in compliance with QCD commitments.
  • Applying applicable Mechanical Domain instructions, processes & tools.


Organisation structure (job belongs to..)

  • Hierarchical Reporting: (Site) Mechanical Domain Leader (MDL)
  • Functional Reporting: Train Design Engineer (TDE)


Network & Links


  • Engineering: Design team (other MLEs, DLEs, …), TSS, Validation team, Costing Team…
  • Project: Project Engineering Manager (PrEM), Industrial Lead Engineer (ILE),Project Sourcing Manager (PrSM), Project Planning Manager (PrPM), ILS Manager
  • Site: Sourcing Department (Buyers), Indus Departement, Manufacturing, Quality Department, etc…
  • Participating Units & CoE: Mechanical Lead Engineers (MLE) counterparts on the corresponding project(s)/program(s)


  • External Interface: Customers, Suppliers, Subcontractors



Performance Measurement/KPI’s

  • Closure of open points or escalation as per company target : 85% on time
  • Compliance to Engineering WorkPackage  (variation orders excluded): 100%
  • Quality of his delivery (included sub-contractor delivery):  1st time quality rate > 90% (quality rate = modification validated OK / number of applied modification)
  • Respect of the delivery planning (included sub-contractor delivery) = 100% OTD
  • Application level of standard PPL = 100%
  • Configuration management of his deliverables = 100% of deliverables properly managed into configuration database
  • Respect of Cost allocation

Mission / Responsibilities:

  • Reporting on Mechanical Domain activities progress, anticipating issues (capacity, skills, rule applicability, etc.) and alerting if needed.
  • Planning and piloting Mechanical Domain activities and related deliverables on project considering applicable instructions/processes and other specific Customer (internal or external) requirements.
  • Designing in 3D model, mechanical changes, proposals, simulations and prototypes.
  • Designing products considering project requirements (performances, manufacturability, serviceability, testability, etc.).
  • Ensuring Mechanical Domain deliverables quality and their acceptance by the Customer (internal or external) within committed limits.
  • Reporting on Mechanical Domain activities progress and alerting relevant N+1 in case of issue potentially impacting achievement of QCD commitments.
  • Defining requirements and mechanical interfaces to equipment (Allocated volume, weight, location, 3PL, etc.).
  • Defining mitigation plans covering a risk identified on Project Mechanical Domain scope.
  • Checking availability on time of work package input data and escalate if necessary.
  • Checking supplier's and sub-contractor's Design Quality
  • Preparing and documenting Mechanical Domain Design Reviews according to project schedule and following-up the main open actions.
  • Resolving Project Mechanical issues and following challenging actions.
  • Analysing and consolidating change request impacts on Mechanical Domain scope.
  • Pilot the Train Design dashboard, KPI’s, Open Item List and morning meetings
  • Planning and piloting Mechanical Domain activities and related deliverables on project taking into account applicable instructions/processes and other specific Customer (internal or external) requirements.
  • Applying Train Design rules, processes and tools and ensuring Mechanical Domain deliverables quality and their acceptance by the Customer (internal or external) within committed limits.
  • Checking respect of Allocated volumes/interfaces (no-clashes) on internal design.
  • Respecting and/or allocating requirements and mechanical interfaces to Sub-Systems/equipments  (Allocated volume, weight, location, 3PL, etc.)
  • Coordinating Mechanical Domain contributors on Project.
  • Analysing and consolidating change request impacts on Mechanical Domain scope
  • Validating relevant Mechanical Domain deliverables and securing planning.
  • Verifying design via mock-ups or simulations.

Contributor for :

  • Proposing Design Optimizations (simple design, cost, weight, labor time, etc.)
  • Supporting Manufacturing teams during Production ramp-up
  • Collaborating with Mechanical Domain Leader for continuous improvement of the Metier (including RoE)
  • Defining Mechanical Project/Product Preferred Part List (3PL) delivery.
  • Supporting Sourcing, Industrialization and Manufacturing teams during Production ramp-up.
  • Pilot First Mounting Reviews managing Open Item List






Educational Requirements & Experience


  • Mechanical Engineering preferably applied to Railway products with 3 to 5 years of experience
  • Catia v5 : Solid, Surface, Sheet Metal Work (SMW)



Finite Element Analysis (FEA) - ASME Code Evaluations

Digital Mock-up : DMA 2.2 or DMA 2.3 or equivalent (Smarteam, 3DCOM, etc.)




  • Good Communications and interpersonal skills including with third parties (customer).
  • Time management and reporting skill.
  • Sense of urgency / priority.
  • Customer & Product Focus.
  • Structured and organised with Hands-on approach.




Competencies & Skills:

  • English operational in read/writing and technical meetings.

An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers.  We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.   


Alstom offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and flexible work options, as well as a uniquely diverse and unified team of professionals. Our culture supports an environment where employees can continuously learn and gain professional growth through education, exciting projects and career mobility.  Alstom recognizes your achievements and excellent performance through various performance incentive, recognition and reward programs.  Our commitment is to you, the employee. Come work in an environment that is driven by integrity, innovation and visionary thinking.  Make switch to a new track and join Alstom today! 


Alstom abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities

Alstom provides reasonable accommodations and/or assistance to applicants with disabilities and disabled veterans (including but not limited to other protected veterans and individuals with known physical and mental limitations).  If you need a reasonable accommodation/assistance for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please note this in our online application.


Successful applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment drug testing for unauthorized substances. Marijuana and medical marijuana are considered unauthorized substances. Additionally, upon date of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming identity and authorization to work in the United States.

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