Rail Vehicle Mechanical Engineer

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Date: May 21, 2024

Location: Dallas, TX, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 90507 

Job Category: Infrastructure; Consulting; Engineering; Project Engineering; Project Management 

Location: Dallas, TX, United States 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our expertise in infrastructure includes aviation, highways and bridges, planning and advisory services, ports, rail and transit, tunnels, and water. Want to be part of the creation and construction of our cities? Then the infrastructure team is for you!


Looking to take the next step in your career?


Hatch is currently seeking a highly motivated Rail Vehicle Mechanical Engineer to join our North American Infrastructure group in our Vehicle Mechanical Engineering group in our Dallas, TX office.


In this role, the ideal candidate must possess broad-based knowledge of rail vehicle mechanical engineering (machine design, kinematics and vehicle dynamics, vibration control, stress analysis, materials, pneumatics, hydraulics, HVAC, door systems, and equipment reliability); demonstrated skill in vehicle track interaction principles is a plus. Additional qualifications desired include experience in conducting fleet inspections, structural passenger vehicle qualification testing; knowledge of general maintenance shop practices and processes, and equipment installation in a rail or industrial environment.

The candidate must demonstrate a high work ethic; be willing to work independently or under limited instruction from senior staff or clients; be able to interact well with customer staff in a field environment; and demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills including team management, project management, multitasking, and meeting deadlines. PE registration is desirable but not required.

As the successful candidate, you will: 

  • Perform hands-on engineering work within the light rail and commuter rail, passenger rail operations, including investigations of equipment malfunctions, modifications and reporting findings.
  • Conduct fleet inspections as part of a service-life extension program.
  • Conduct forensic investigation of failed components and equipment and reporting findings.
  • Develop technical specifications for the new and upgraded train equipment and systems.
  • Review of maintenance shop layouts and management.
  • Review design submittals and prepare detailed descriptions of review findings.
  • Participate in formal design review meetings and technical working sessions.
  • Inspect and review prototype and first article equipment and prepare detailed descriptions of review findings.
  • Prepare reports that identify work progress, defects/non-conformances, and areas of concern.
  • Witness electro-mechanical equipment undergoing qualification testing, including; shock and vibration, environmental, electrical, and functional testing.
  • Participate in vehicle acceptance testing, to include ride quality, braking performance and noise/vibration levels.
  • Participate in quality assurance and manufacturing audits.
  • Provide project management and engineering support as required.
  • Provide direction and monitor the work of junior staff
  • Serve as a technical mentor and help develop staff skills
  • Take direction from Regional V.P. and high-level clients on time-sensitive and critical tasks
  • Manage project production, changes, client relations, financial management and reporting, and safety of various projects to ensure quality, client satisfaction, and profitability of projects.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to our clients, helping to deliver technically complex and cost-effective design solutions.
  • Assist in pursuits, client relationship building efforts, and building technical excellence within the group.


You bring to the role: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience with engineering and project management
  • 5-7 years of rail vehicle experience
  • Project management and staff supervision experience
  • Basic knowledge of electro-mechanical and structural engineering
  • Familiarity with mechanical engineering (Kinematics and Dynamics; Materials, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and HVAC)
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills, work well within a team, take direction from other senior staff members, be able to multi-task on a variety of work assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Valid driver license (travel to various carhouses and infrastructure sites required)


The following skills/experience are a plus:

  • Experience with Autodesk and AutoCAD software
  • Basic programming skills
  • Experience of Finite Element (ANSYS or Equivalent) Software


Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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