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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, Inc. is seeking a Mechanical Engineer II to help drive new product development projects and existing product improvements. We are seeking a dynamic individual who possesses the right combination of professional experience, leadership, project management tools, and process discipline to come be a part of a great company and an even better team. This position will be a vital member of our Research & Development and Engineering team located in St. Joseph, MO.


The candidate will work on a team with other engineers and designers to drive a variety of product improvement projects in the railroad maintenance-of-way industry. Daily assistance and direction from engineering management and executive leadership can be expected. This position will develop more responsibility and autonomy as experience is gained. Our projects move quickly and involve a wide variety of design tasks. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • The Mechanical Engineer II will work closely with draftsman/designers, engineers and project managers to develop mechanical designs and drawings for railroad maintenance of way equipment.
  • Create and design 3D models and 3D assemblies to be used to create prototype projects.
  • Use engineering calculations and other software tools to support designs
  • Prepare structural analysis reports and interface with project managers to develop new railroad maintenance of way equipment.
  • Analyze maintenance of way equipment to determine possible design improvements
  • Provide engineering and manufacturing support on new and/or existing products when issues arise.
  • Lead, participate, assist with engineering initiatives ranging from new capabilities to new products to application solutions through launch and full commercialization
  • Provide regular status updates to key project stakeholders
  • 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!



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline required, or equivalent experience.
  • Must have 5-10 years of experience in Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Experienced in 3D modeling; Autodesk Inventor, Vault, and AutoCAD experience is a plus.
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) experience is a plus.
  • Experience in railroad or heavy equipment industries is preferred.
  • Must be motivated individual with strong analytical, problem solving, and root cause analysis skills. Logical, process-oriented thinker.
  • Must have ability to work on multiple, time-critical projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication required, including presentation of complex data in easily understood ways and strong data visualization skills.
  • Ability to confidently interact at multiple levels in the organization and lead cross-departmental team projects required.
  • A natural curiosity about technology is a bonus.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, Project, and Excel (including creation of charts, functions, and tables).
  • Solid organization, detail-oriented and capable of self-managing.
  • Very good documentation skills (i.e. roles and responsibilities, stakeholder analysis, project plans, status reporting).
  • Ability to articulate, manage and mitigate risks and issues to successful resolution.


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.


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.

  • Perform light work, occasionally exerting up to 20 pounds of force.
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Occasionally ascend/descend step ladders and/or stairs.
  • Regularly sit and stand for an extended period of time.
  • Regularly kneel, bend, and squat.
  • 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.
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).



  • 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.