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Senior Lift Equipment Electrical Engineer

Date: Mar 1, 2023

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 33721:



Job Description

Primary Purpose:
Evaluates, enhances, implements, and supports automation technology for lift equipment used at Norfolk Southern intermodal terminals.

Principal Duties:

  • Serves as subject matter expert for electric machines and battery hybrid systems
  • Evaluate current machine technology to develop long-term equipment strategy
  • Develop and maintain electrical specifications for future machines
  • Assess machine design and component specifications
  • Lead testing and commissioning efforts for new machines
  • Support Maintenance through remote and on-site troubleshooting of equipment failures to minimize downtime
  • Serve as team member and/or project leader on process improvement and technology development projects
  • Collaborate with other teams to identify root causes and provide resolutions
  • Identifies, evaluates, and implements new technology to lift equipment to improve, safety, reliability, and economic efficiency.
  • Works with vendors to identify and develop new products and processes to improve equipment utilization
  • Modify and add features to existing control systems to improve safety and efficiency
  • Manages and supports hardware and software used for electrical and automation systems
  • Create tools to enable engineering analysis of machine data
  • Analyze and interpret data; propose hypotheses as explanations of events, and design experimental studies to test (disprove) these hypotheses
  • Establishes rapport, builds relationships that create networks with those individuals and stakeholder groups critical to short- and long- term goal attainment
  • Position requires seven day a week responsibility, emergency call outs, and frequent overnight travel.

Job Related Experience:

Minimum Level:  5 years
Preferred Level:  8+ years


Minimum Level:  Bachelor of Science (BS)

Preferred Level:  Master of Science (MS)
Preferred Majors:

  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of industrial electrical and control systems (VFDs, motors, etc.) 
  • Hands-on electrical design and troubleshooting both AC and DC systems
  • Knowledge of power distribution and switchgear design
  • Thorough knowledge in hybrid system technologies 
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering principles, practices, process, and design/build
  • Knowledge of relevant engineering and electrical construction laws, codes, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.
  • Experience in performing testing and/or validation of complete electrical systems and subsystems
  • Experience in developing electrical calculations for loads, equipment sizing, feeder sizing, voltage drop, grounding, lighting circuits and controls, facility and electrical service, and power distribution.
  • Knowledge in design of single-line, three-line, wiring diagrams, general arrangement, substation layout and bus arrangement, grounding grid design and lightning protection in conformance with applicable rules and standards
  • Experience in selection and specification of field devices and sensors 
  • Working knowledge of server and database
  • Strong analytical, communication (oral & written), and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Field commissioning, field support, and start-up experience

Career Path:

Predecessor Jobs:
   Future Jobs:
      - Group Manager Lift Equipment

Work Conditions:

Environment:  Office/Outdoor/Field
Shift Work:  No
On-Call:  Yes
Weekend Work:  Yes
Travel Required:  6 - 10 Days per Month

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.


Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta