Progress Rail Services Corp. Staff Safety Engineer in LaGrange, Illinois

Auto req ID: 3883BR
Posting Title: Staff Safety Engineer
Job Category: Engineering
City: LaGrange
State: Illinois
Alternative Work Location: Operations Building 1 (top floor)

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.

• Create safety management plans for new products and product improvements;

• Work with Product Design engineers to develop and implement safety based verification;

• Safety Engineering activities have expanded as worldwide regulatory requirements have increased to mandate more safety analysis of locomotive designs.

Key Job Elements

• Create safety management plans for new products and product improvements;

• Safety engineering leadership to engineering / design staff;

• Work with Product Design engineers to develop and implement safety based verification;

• Manage project deliverables required to satisfy safety related deliverables for locomotive on-board software;

• Review system designs and implementations against required Safety Standards;

• Provide mentorship and guidance regarding the safety framework to the multiple engineering disciplines, who the candidate will be working with;

• Work in conjunction with Locomotive Systems Engineering, Electrical Systems Engineer, Control Systems Engineering, Software Engineering and Software Test to align the design, development and verification processes with Safety Standards and pending regulations;

• Perform systems level architecture safety analysis, along with low level system safety analysis;

• Safety Case preparation, Hazard Identification/Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), Event Tree Analysis (ETA) and Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA);

• Present safety analysis status to management;

• Adaptability and flexibility to work in a dynamic environment.

Education / Training

• BS Engineering (EE, CS or equiv.).

Qualifications and Experience

• Experience with Functional Safety Analysis methods;

• Knowledge and expertise in standard Microsoft applications;

• High degree organizational and communication skills;

• High level of analytical ability with complex problems;

• Familiarity with Safety standards (e.g. EN 50126, EN 50128, EN 50129, EN 50657, MIL-STD-882, or IEC 61508);

• Knowledge of test and validation planning & execution.


• Experience with the railway industry, whereas they have held the role of a Safety Engineer leading effort such as training, implementing control architectures, hosting safety workshops and defining the safety requirements for a system;

• Familiarity with 49 CFR 229 Sub-part E, 49 CFR 238.105;

• A solid track record of establishing proof of safety in locomotive safety and experience with the use of safety critical software design principals;

• Experience certifying products to EN 50128, EN 50657 or MIL-STD-882E;

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

• Demonstrates the ability to analyze information effectively and is able to communicate to peers with lessor experience;

• Excellent attention to detail;

• 5 years experience in the field of Software Safety;

• MS Engineering with Functional Safety Focus;

• Functional Safety Certification (FSP, FSE);

• Experience with Requirements Management tool(s);

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

• EMD Locomotive experience is a PLUS.


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..


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