Senior Project Engineer

Progress Rail
La Grange, Illinois
Feb 26, 2024
Feb 27, 2024
Position Type
Roadways / Bridges
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Job Purpose

The purpose of this position is to contribute to the design, development and manufacturing of world class rail products and services vital to our customer's needs through the application of specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. Work involves independent judgement, decision making, and creativity. Management is available to provide additional guidance for unusual situations.

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La Grange



Company Description

Railroads transport goods and people millions of miles every day. At Progress Rail, we believe in going the distance with them. We are looking for talented and innovative team players to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. Build a long-term career with opportunities for growth and advancement as part of a vibrant network of close to 200 global locations. Our innovative team members work together to forge the bridge between ideas and success!
As a Caterpillar company, Progress Rail is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet their needs.
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Key Job Elements

• Develop prototype testing and validation of engine components;
• Perform engine troubleshooting, data collection and failure analysis;
• Implement engineering changes;
• Initiate documents to provide engineering authority and to maintain math data;
• Develop solutions for engineering related product problems (Root Cause);
• Provide technical directions to support personnel;
• Work with engineering functions, suppliers, plant personnel and others to implement cost reduction, methods improvement, product improvements, and to support build programs;
• Execute product plans with supervisor guidance;
• Releases simple parts for production;
• Communicate information to and from internal and external customer organizations;
• Coordinate and consult with departments outside engineering such as manufacturing;
• Stays abreast of new technology and competitive products;
• Regular contact with others outside the work group;
• Travel as required.

Education / Training

• MS in Mechanical Engineering with 3+ years of experience or BS in Mechanical Engineering with 8+ years of experience;
• Training in college level theoretical and applied mechanics, vibrations, fluid dynamics, metallurgy, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and manufacturing techniques;
• Training in computer applications.

Qualifications and Experience

• High level of analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult;
• Understanding of engineering theory and principles of design;
• Good oral and written communication skills;
• High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others;
• Understanding of design and manufacturing processes;
• Ability to work independently and with others;
• Knowledge of computer engineering software.

• Experience in working with diesel engines;
• Previous experience in engine component failure analysis and testing desirable;
• Knowledge and experience in engine exhaust systems, EGR Systems, Exhaust manifold design, engine vibration, casting and welding processes.

Essential and Physical Activities Functions:
• Strength - Position typically involves work in an office environment with occasional visits to an industrial environment. Frequent/constant sitting. Occasional standing and walking. Occasional light-level lifting or carrying (up to 10 pounds);
• Motion - Position regularly requires standard motions associated with working in an office environment;
• Vision/Hearing Requirements - Frequent verbal communications, including both talking and hearing;
• Work Environment - Position is typically located in an office environment with occasional visits to an industrial environment which may include a non-temperature-controlled environment, as well as exposure to noise (85+ decibels), occasional exposure to temperature changes, heavy machinery and other hazardous working conditions requiring the use of PPE;
• Emotional Demands - Very high level of responsibility. Must be able to coordinate diverse aspects of a project. Requires significant interpersonal skills while sustaining very high standards. Domestic and international travel as required;
• Safety - Position may occasionally require the use of Personal Protective Equipment during visits to industrial areas.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of a Senior Project Engineer.


Progress Rail offers an excellent total compensation package, including competitive salary, paid time off for vacation and holidays, 401(k) plan with company match, medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance and flexible spending accounts. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.
Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits.


Equal Opportunity Employer - Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities

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PRS Facility Location

EMD HQ LaGrange, IL