Progress Rail Services Corp. Senior Software System Engineer in LaGrange, Illinois

Auto req ID: 3190BR
Posting Title: Senior Software System 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

Develop, maintain and enhance locomotive control system software 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

• Develop, maintain and enhance system designs based on understanding and interpreting high level system requirements;

• Ability to handle requirements and design for multiple controls system platforms;

• Must be able to get into low level design for QNX based system as well as handling the requirements and system ownership;

• Creation of control system software requirements based on high level requirements and design;

• Be able to work with third party electrical systems, and do what is necessary to integrate those systems into our control system;

• Work with sw. engineers to implement system designs;

• Validate the final product either on control stands or in the field as required;

• Travel as required to complete validation of system design. This travel should not exceed 25% of employee’s time;

• Provide support to field personnel as required based on field problems related to areas of responsibility.

Education / Training


• BS Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering


• Master Degree, Electrical Engineering – Ideally Power Electronics or Control Theory

Qualifications and Experience


• High analytical aptitude required in the area of System Design, System Development, System Integration and System

• Strong personal skills and the ability to work in groups

• Experience writing technical documents

• Experience with CAN, Ethernet, and other communication protocols

• Deep Experience with QNX Operating System, or similiar

• 8-12, or more, years engineering experience


• Knowledge of control theory

• Familiarity with IBM DOORs or similar requirements managmenet tool

• Matlab & system modelling

• Knowledge of C and C ++ programming languages

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