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Herzog companies was founded in 1969 by William E. Herzog as a heavy/highway construction contractor in the Midwest. Herzog now specializes in Railroad Construction, Transit Operation and Maintenance Services, Civil Construction and Railroad Services nationwide. Our team consists of people who are innovators at heart, continuously exploring new ways to improve our products, services, and, ultimately, the industry. By always challenging ourselves - and each other - to push for more, we keep Herzog at the forefront of the rail industry.

Herzog Railroad Services currently seeking an experienced Controls Engineer. This position will be a vital member of our Research & Development and Engineering team located outside of Kansas City in St. Joseph, MO.


Duties and Responsibilities:

*This is a non-exhaustive overview of the job duties for this position.

  • Controls Engineer will work closely with draftsmen/designers, engineers and project managers to design and develop all aspects of electrical control systems (motion control, instrumentation, control logic, etc.) for railroad equipment across a broad spectrum of complexity and applications for both existing equipment and new product development.
  • Electrical panel design, layout and creation of electrical system, inclusive of parts lists for custom and standard products.
  • Knowledgeable in electrical and electro-mechanical design, wiring, sizing, routing, marking, and inspection of equipment.
  • Assist in preparation of technical machinery information including operator’s manuals, electrical specification, field service reports, etc.
  • Support service of machinery at remote jobsite locations for operator assistance and/or operator training. Also, responding to requests for phone, email, or online services
  • Analyze and resolve technical electrical problems.
  • Must possess a demonstrated understanding of motion controls, instruments and instrumentation.
  • Troubleshooting mechanical, hydraulic, and other electro-mechanical systems
  • Candidate will be involved in the development of all new equipment, enhanced product capabilities and product improvements serving inside our R&D team. As such, candidate must be able to work in a team environment yet possess a self-motivation to seek and solve challenges not yet defined.
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality are a requirement for this position.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Travel Requirements:

  • Willing to travel to unique geographies in North America. The railroad is everywhere!



  • Associates degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school with 10 years related experience or Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Engineering Technology with 5 years related experience. Applicants with demonstrated applicable experience may also be considered.
  • Experience troubleshooting control circuits, motors, and drives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be a team player.
  • Physically able to climb onto railcars and equipment.
  • Experience with CAN protocols (J1939, CANopen, etc) preferred.
  • Familiarity with CoDeSys platform preferred.
  • Previous railroad or mobile equipment experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office


Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification.
  • Subject to motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position.
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.
  • Say goodbye to your old (boring) engineering job!


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times. This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements for this position.

  • Work in a mixed office and field environment.
  • Frequently use a computer keyboard and office related equipment.
  • Requires occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping or bending.
  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances; frequently climb on/off equipment; climb ladders frequently
  • Use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding and pulling
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery; bend, walk, stand and sit for extended time; and use hand tools
  • Exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.



  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all. 



  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.


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It is the policy of Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.