Traction System Engineer

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Date: 12 Nov 2023

Location: West Mifflin, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:435128 

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 

Purpose of the Job 

The Traction System Engineer defines the architecture, the functionalities of the traction drives or auxiliary converter systems, and technically leads the engineering studies in order to reach performances in compliance with initial requirements. 


Initial assignment for this new hire:

This Requisition is for hiring a Traction System Engineer to support R211 Traction System Commissioning in New York and support Kawasaki at their plant in Nebraska with any R211 Traction System Issues.  
This new Traction System Engineer would investigate Traction Issues in NY and Nebraska, then interface with the responsible design engineers in Sesto.

The first R211 assignment will include significant travel (estimated at least 50%).
Future assignments will include travel, but at a lower percentage (estimated at 15%).



  • Collects external (customer, standards) and internal (rolling stock) requirements, allocates them to the technical teams. 

  • Defines the architecture and functionalities of the traction drive or auxiliary converter system, taking as input the external requirements as well as internal ones  

  • Allocates – while optimizing the cost - the transverse requirements (EMC, acoustics, reliability, safety, weight, …) to the various traction or auxiliary functions, in close collaboration with experts and RAMS engineers 

  • Ensures consistency and compatibility between all traction or auxiliary functions specifications by verifying every FRS and every component specification and by  participating to all design reviews 

  • Organises, prepares and leads the system design review 

  • Builds the Product Breakdown Structure 

  • Defines together with the validation team the traction or auxiliary validation strategy 

  • Defines and participates in the commissioning (=fine tuning), and manage it together with the validation manager 

  • Identifies the technical risks 

  • Supports the traction or auxiliary PrEM for implementation or update of the technical part of the risk mitigation plan  

  • Ensures that the constructional & functional traction or auxiliary configuration is compliant with requirements (verification) 

  • Participates in technical meetings with customer in order to provide support to the Sub-System Manager and / or PrEM  

  • Supports the traction or auxiliary PrEM by proposing QCD improvements 

  • Analyses technical issues and proposes solutions during the commissioning and the reliability growth phase 

  • Provides Return of Experience to be implemented in Reference Solutions.  Contributes to the RoE committee and documentation update


Required Qualifications:

  • An experience of 5+ years in Traction Engineering
  • Fluent in written and spoken English



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering is Required

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. 





Job Type:​Experienced​

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