Systems Engineer

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Date: 25 Sep 2023

Location: Naperville, IL, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:422610 

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide.





What are my responsibilities?

The Systems Engineer is responsible for delivering high performance engineering solutions within agreed timelines and budget to support business and broad company objectives.


In this role you are responsible for the successful application and delivery of integrated vehicle systems as assigned by the Train Systems Engineer or equivalent.


You demonstrate knowledge and capability across a range of vehicle systems and the aptitude to embrace new challenges and subject matter as required by the project. Your primary work domains are for train power, auxiliary, and raiway propulsion systems.


You define the system functional, electrical, and mechanical requirements in line with the train architecture and customer requirements. You also work in compliance with engineering processes and regulatory standards. You are confident in writing detailed system requirements specifications and in leading internal and customer system design reviews.


You also perform a complete system reliability, maintainability, and safety analysis to ensure a fully integrated, safe & compliant system design. You liaise with other engineers and experts to ensure compliance with the appropriate Industry Standards. You support the Train Systems Engineer with design optimizations and risk mitigations.


You are able to author and review system functional requirements, interface documentation between internal and external train systems and create both networking and subsystem diagrams.  A strong competency in power electronics, rotating machinery, vehicle dynamics and propulsion systems (electrical, diesel-electric, battery, hybrid drive) is necessary to be successful in this role. Familiarity in software development, vehicle networking protocols and topologies is also desirable.


You work with Train Control and Schematics engineers to ensure electrical functions and systems interfaces are adequately integrated. You also provide technical support to the Production Line, Procurement and Quality teams.

Ultimately you are accountable for the system global performance. You develop system verification plans & procedures, and support the test team with train-level validation. You ensure each system requirement is properly incorporated, verified and functional.


You provide technical support to the bids team by identifying adequate technical solutions, and estimating associated costs and schedules. You organize and structure your personal workload to achieve consistent on-time delivery against the Engineering plan and with the support of the Train Systems Domain Leader.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Technically leading the whole system design lifecycle from conceptual solution to serial production phase
  • Ensuring system design compliance with applicable standards for safety, reliability and maintainability
  • Defining system block diagrams, network interfaces, and vehicle application requirements
  • Authoring and reviewing system functional requirements and system interface documentation
  • Reporting project progress and supporting the Train Systems Engineer with design optimization and risks mitigation
  • Ensuring complete implementation and functional verification of all system requirements
  • Applying Train Systems metier processes as defined by Domain Leader with associated methodologies and tools to ensure efficiency within project execution
  • Challenging project peers while improving processes and proposing optimizations. Promoting continuous improvement initiatives


Travel of up to 10% may be required to support business meetings, Production Line support, or Validation and Test activities. 


What do I need to qualify for this job?

In this role, you are expected to build effective working relationships across a diverse engineering team, with the ultimate goal of delivering complex and innovative engineering solutions that meet our customer needs.


The Systems Engineer ensures that comprehensive and effective solutions are defined and is accountable for overall system performance and integration. The Systems Engineer also ensures deliverables are provided in line with schedule and financial aspects.


You are versatile, autonomous, resourceful, with hands-on experience and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.


Minimum Qualifications  

  • At least three years of experience in vehicle systems engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering, or equivalent combination of training


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with railway vehicle systems integration and application
  • Experience with railway vehicle power, auxiliary and propulsion systems
  • Experience with systems software design and associated processes or standards (ISO/IEC 15288)
  • Knowledge of Alstom Design for Quality processes



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 contact Alstom’s Recruiting Department at (please use “Accommodation Request” as the subject line).  


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 





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