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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 currently seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer and/or Controls Engineer for the Research and Development team in St. Joseph, Missouri


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Lead all aspects of 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.
  • Experience 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 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.
  • Advanced knowledge of industrial controls development, including ladder diagrams, RSLogix 500 and 5000, and FactoryTalk View Studio.
  • 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.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable design standards (NEC, NFPA, NMRA) preferred.
  • Familiarity with CoDeSys platform preferred.
  • Previous railroad or mobile equipment experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office


Travel Requirements:

  • Expect up to 35% travel (as needed)


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.



  • 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