Progress Rail Services Corp. Senior Reliability Engineer in LaGrange, Illinois

Auto req ID: 3410BR
Posting Title: Senior Reliability Engineer
Job Category: Engineering
City: LaGrange
State: Illinois

Company Description

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, 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 cradle-to-grave 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 all their rail needs. Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Job Purpose

This position is eligible for relocation benefits.

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.

Key Job Elements

• Design for Reliability leadership to engineering / design staff;

• Work with product design engineers to establish reliability plans for new products and product improvements;

• Work with Product design engineers to develop and implement reliability based verification;

• Application of statistics to problem solving;

• Assist product design engineers with root cause analysis of verification and validation activity failures;

• Analyze field failures to establish trends determine root cause of failure and corrective action;

• Assist in development of test data collection and analysis system and integrate into the CLCA process;

• Develop and present reliability analyses to program management;

• Perform reliability allocations and predictions on new product development programs;

• Access reliability growth test data and perform reliability prediction for mature product;

• Develop reliability mathematical models;

• Adaptability and flexibility to work in a dynamic environment;

• Propose modifications or alternatives of the system architecture in case of non-compliances. Identify and communicate the weak points of the technical solution.

Education / Training


• BS Engineering.


• MS Engineering with Reliability Focus;

• Reliability Certification (CRE).

Qualifications and Experience


• Strong statistical training and demonstrated application;

• Knowledge and expertise in standard Microsoft applications;

• High degree organizational and communication skills;

• High level of analytical ability with complex problems;

• Experience with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis;

• Experience with Weibull analyses;

• Knowledge of test and validation planning & execution;

• Track/Analyze field and test data for contractual compliance, producing reliability reports and updates to RAMS database;

• Derive, validate and document failure rates, modes and effects at product level;

• US Railway Operations or Supplier experience.


• Closed Loop Corrective Action System for failure analysis and corrective action;

• Experience with Requirements Management tool(s);

• Excellent interpersonal skills including leading and working in a cross-functional team environment;

• Understanding of RAMS standards (e.g. EN 50126);

• Experience with Reliability and Maintainability demonstrations;

• EMD Locomotive experience is a PLUS;

• Understanding of problem solving, root cause analysis and experience with segregating reliability failures from manufacturing defects and misdiagnosis.

This position is eligible for relocation benefits.


Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/life/disability insurance coverage and paid vacation and holidays. 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