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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. (HRSI) is seeking a Fluid Power Designer/Engineer who possesses solid capabilities and a mindset for innovation. We are seeking a dynamic individual with the right combination of professional experience, leadership, and initiative 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 outside of Kansas City in St. Joseph, MO.


The Designer/Engineer will report to the Engineering Manager (R&D) and will help lead various strategic initiatives rooted in R&D and product commercialization. The right candidate will bolster our engineering team(s) with strong experience, along with the engineering expertise from concept-to-commercialization. In some cases, initiatives resulting in new product or new capability can take a year or more to bring to the market, therefore a strong passion for timely deliverables and accountability is a must.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Capture and articulate the project requirements in collaboration with respective project teams (e.g. financial(s); timelines; deliverables; milestones; etc.)
  • Create concept hydraulic drawings, schematics, and specifications for fluid power systems on new or existing machines
  • Use design skills and engineering knowledge to make decisions regarding location, size, shape, material type, manufacturing process, and component selection to maximize performance, quality, and cost efficiency
  • Research existing designs, supplier specifications, and industry standards
  • Work with Mechanical, Electrical, and Controls engineers to design and specify hydraulic systems (pumps, valves, motors, hoses, lines, manifolds, etc.)
  • Specify material types, connection details, and other assembly information
  • Assist manufacturing team with prototype construction
  • Create test plans to validate equipment performance
  • Lead the commissioning phase, including testing and final documentation
  • Work with field operators and maintenance teams to diagnose complex issues
  • Foster collaboration amongst broader technical teams across Herzog
  • Lead, participate, and assist with engineering initiatives ranging from new capabilities to new products to application solutions through launch and full commercialization
  • Provide regular status updates to management and key stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned


Travel Requirements:

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



  • Must have 5-10 years of experience in Engineering or a closely related field.
  • International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) Certification is preferred
  • Experience in railroad or heavy equipment industries is preferred.
  • Experience creating complete hydraulic schematics using AutoCAD (or equivalent)
  • Must be a 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.
  • Experience with Autodesk Inventor or Autodesk Vault is a plus
  • A natural curiosity about technology is a bonus.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, Project, and Excel.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
  • Requires walking or standing to a significant degree: or requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls.
  • Must be physically able to climb onto heavy equipment, railcars, and otherwise – unconventional office environment.



  • 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.