Train Systems Engineer

Date: 11-Aug-2019

Location: Naperville, IL, United States

Company: Alstom

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.



Train Systems Engineer:

Under the direction of the lead engineer, position will be part of organization and project team involved in the renovation of rail-transit vehicles. The Train System Engineer will focus on defining, developing and validating all systems of a rail vehicle.



  • Accountable for the delivery of all Electrical System Engineering outputs in compliance with the engineering QCD commitment, by contributing in significant ways and by managing assigned project engineering resources
  • Derives the system and subsystem functional requirements to create technical specifications. Consistently reviews and manages the requirements, specifications and interfaces. As well, the Train System Engineer manages technical relationships with internal/external suppliers throughout the vehicle development cycle
  • Defines the global train system architecture, operational modes and functionalities taking as input the external/internal requirements
  • Determines the transverse requirements (EMC, acoustics, reliability, aerodynamics, weight, etc.) for the various train subsystems in close collaboration with the Train Design Engineer (lead Mechanical Engineer), Traction System Engineer and RAMS Engineer
  • Coordinates the multitude of system designs to a cohesive system-of-system that ensures the complete integration will comply with the customer specifications, applicable standards and implicit/explicit requirements.
  • Manages tradeoffs and interfaces between subsystems
  • Collaborates with all engineering métiers to detail and describe how related functions/performances are to be checked. Will be responsible for submitting these
  • Reviews the validation procedures and reports for components and subsystems written by Alstom’s Requirements & Test Engineer
  • Position requires understanding and knowledge of a wide range of electronic/ electrical systems, from discrete electronic devices up to large power distribution and control devices
  • Leads the electrical design including train electrical schematics and wiring
  • Calculate/simulate and verify tractive and braking effort, plus brake blending, required to meet customer requirements, in addition to reviewing thermal analysis of the propulsion and friction braking systems based on agreed variables
  • Work with lead mechanical and project engineering manager to calculate and verify safe braking distances required by customer
  • Participates in technical and program gate reviews, by providing input and any follow-up actions, to ensure development follows company and/or customer design process
  • Interface with internal and external groups to prepare materials and equipment purchase specifications based on given technical specification.
  • Prepare reports and studies that present technical information in a clear and concise manner that meet client requirements and formats
  • Perform independent reviews of work performed by others including calculations and drawing preparation.
  • Conduct diagnostic investigations by analyzing data with support from Alstom Transport Engineering, implementing and verifying fixes
  • Participate in testing and validation of new and existing designs and equipment
  • Mentor less experienced engineers in creation of design concepts and documentation, development and testing
  • Investigating, trouble-shoot and resolve a wide variety of electrical, electromechanical and system engineering issues
  • Provide shop support and production problem resolution
  • Fully support internal groups, including Sourcing, Purchasing, Quality and Bids/Tenders
  • Provide support of cost saving activities as requested by Project Engineering Manager
  • Provide timely communication on significant issues or developments



  • An EE, EET, Systems Engineering, Mechatronics (or similar engineering discipline) degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program is required



  • 10 or more years of experience related experience
  • Demonstrated and successful experience in designing, developing, testing and deploying complex hardware and software systems for application on heavy vehicle systems with multifaceted integration (i.e. locomotive, mining equipment, military vehicles)
  • Experience with development and validation testing of vehicle drive systems
  • Thorough knowledge of AC and DC electric motor theory of design and control, including commutated, synchronous and asynchronous motors
  • Experience must include the selection of equipment, materials, control philosophy, and the preparation and assembling of calculations and specifications
  • Experience is required with electrical system design including medium and low voltage distribution systems (transformers, generators and motors), communication systems, equipment selection, and analytical calculations.
  • Circuit design and analysis using National Instruments Multisim or similar circuit simulators (SPICE)
  • Experience designing and developing systems susceptible to interruption caused by EMI/EMC
  • Experience designing and developing systems susceptible to interruption caused by periodic high voltage transients, sags and surges
  • Experience with various interface protocols over serial communications and wired/wireless Ethernet (such as TCP/IP, RS232, RS422, RS485, SAE J1587/J1708, SAE J1939, Controller Area Network (CAN bus))



  • Strong knowledge of SolidWorks Electrical, Electrical 3D, 2D/3D modeling and AutoCAD (or similar 2D design environments)
  • Strong knowledge of Matlab and Simulink
  • Working skills in Microsoft Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


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 the switch to a new track and join Alstom today! 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Alstom is a drug-free workplace.


This contractor and subcontractor shall abide 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 contact Alstom’s Recruiting Department at (please use “Accommodation Request” as the subject line).  

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