Electrical Product Engineer

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Harsco Rail
West Columbia, SC, United States

Phone: 8038227589
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Electrical Product Engineer


West Columbia, SC 



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Job Description:

Design, document and support standard and custom rail service equipment, functional systems, and production support for a variety of products working initially with simple components and will gradually take on more complex system designs. The Electrical Product Engineer will work with wide variety of product types while continuing to develop machine and system designs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create electrical documentation including schematics, control box assemblies, wiring charts, cable charts, machine interconnects and component level documentation.
  • Review design specifications to establish customer requirements, interact with product management and the customer as required.
  • Create and verify engineering calculations
  • Check and approve designs and drawings
  • Provide technical mentorship and guidance to Drafters and internal customers
  • Support system integration into the vehicle.
  • Offer innovative solutions to technically complex problems.
  • Create and maintain bill of materials.
  • Review and implement change requests.
  • Capture and account for customer or field issues.
  • Offer innovative solutions for cost reductions, improved reliability, quality issues, safety issues, etc.
  • Drive Continuous Improvement and Standardization
  • Check and approve applicable sections of operations manuals, maintenance manuals and parts books
  • Provide manufacturing and commissioning Support
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Specify components
  • Meet deadlines to ensure projects are completed within acceptable time and cost targets.
  • Provide periodic status updates on projects through reports, presentations and design reviews.
  • May travel to customer locations, globally, to support product in field applications.
  • Perform other reasonably related tasks as assigned by management.


Basic Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology
  • 7+ years of heavy equipment product engineering experience
  • Experience with 3D CAD software
  • 3+ years of electrical CAD software experience
  • Experience with PLM & MRP software
  • Experience in machine design of mobile equipment
  • Experience designing and laying out electrical control boxes
  • Experience with drafting standards and part creation
  • Experience designing DC electrical schematics
  • Experience with DC power distribution & design along with distributed I/O network design
  • Experience with engine wiring, CAN networks and J1939 components
  • Work experience designing AC electrical schematics
  • Experience with AC motors, drives, & starters
  • Experience with AC generator & power distribution

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of manufacturing principles and processes
  • Knowledge of Lean / Six Sigma
  • Experience with PCB Schematic & layout design
  • Experience with Solid Edge CAD software (modelling and drafting)
  • Experience with E3 Electrical CAD software (e.g. Schema, Panel, Database)
  • Experience with Teamcenter & LN software.
  • Experience of machine design of railroad-specific equipment
  • Experience writing Visual Basic code

Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, both verbal and written
  • The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from other departments
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix organization, across functions and with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to communicate project status updates in a team environment

Technical Skills

  • The ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical data
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook
  • Experience using a multi-meter and other electrical equipment
  • Experience trouble shooting an electrical problem
  • Have hands on abilities to fix Harsco’s products
  • Experience writing PLC, C, or C++ software
  • Knowledge of NEC standards
  • Knowledge of British standards
  • Knowledge of DIN standards
  • Knowledge of EMC testing standards
  • Knowledge of IEC testing standards
  • Ability to incorporate and manage multiple formats into the complete product definition: vendor manuals, vendor data sheets, customer specifications, Harsco Rail specifications, 2D drawings, 3D models, mark-ups, verbal instructions, etc.

 Essential Functions: 

  • The ability to predictably and regularly attend work. 
  • The ability to deal politely and professionally with customers and/or coworkers
  • The ability to manage several tasks at once
  • The ability to follow direction or instruction
  • The ability to use a computer to communicate, create, and access information
  • The ability to travel domestically and internationally via commercial airline and automobile up to 20% of the time
  • The ability to effectively plan, organize and complete work with minimal supervision


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not intended to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.