Traction Power Design Engineer

Alstom in Belgium

Large company74K employeesLeading the way towards more sustainable mobility.

Published on January 8, 2024

  • Contract

    Full time Position

  • Study level

    Master level

  • Location





Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customized services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide.

Today, from Charleroi (BE), the company is active through two centers of excellence:

  • Signalling Systems – Center of excellence ERTMS (European standard development and implementation)
  • Power Electronics – Center of excellence Traction Systems (Traction solutions / auxiliary converters / low voltage cabinets)


JOB DESCRIPTION – Traction Power Design Engineer

The Power Design Engineer defines the power schemes and designs electrical components for traction converters or auxiliary converter systems.

He is strongly linked to others Power Design Engineers.  In order to use and deploy the same development methods and ensure synergies, coordination and maximum carry-over between traction converters or auxiliary converter systems.

Under supervision of the Technical Leader, the Power Design Engineer shall carry out his mission in a tender, project, product or R&D team.  He/She is in contact with other technical domains (mechanical design, control-command, validation, RAMS), and with Sourcing and Quality departments.


The job function of a Power Design Engineer at Alstom involves being a key contributor to the development of electrical power conversion products and (traction converters, auxiliary converters, reversible substations and battery charger for traction batteries  etc.).


Regular tasks of a Power Design Engineer

Calculates electrical or thermal constraints related to all components of the power scheme to fulfil all     customer requirements.  Write corresponding design reports.

Define the interfaces of electrical components with mechanical department.

Specifies the electrical components of the traction or auxiliary converters.

  • Power electronic components (IGBT, diodes, …)
  • Switchgear
  • Traction motors
  • Passive components (inductors, transformers, capacitors, resistors, busbars, …)
  • Interface components with control electronics (sensors, gate drives, relays, …)

Participates in design review with suppliers.

Participates in the business award and components qualification.

Specifies the power requirements to be exported to the control/command engineer (flux law, torque law, PWM strategy, protection thresholds, …)

Participates in the definition of validation tests of the power scheme with the validation engineer.

Participates in investigation tests.

Contributes to problem solving.

Participates in technical core team meetings.



Educational requirement:

Master’s degree in electrical/electrotechnical engineering (power electronics)

Mandatory knowledge: 

Mastering the essential concepts of electrical power conversion (inverters, power filtering, chopper, etc.).

Language skills:

Good command in written and spoken English and French are mandatory

Behavioural competencies:

Autonomy, analytical mind, team spirit, good communication skills, time management skills; sense of priorities; hands-on approach, ability to take part in a project.


You’re looking for a challenging but also meaningful job in a multicultural engineering company which sustain careers evolutions and allows international mobility?

At Alstom we offer you the opportunity to unleash your potential and reinvent yourself! As our next colleague, you will have a unique opportunity to drive our organization forward, while continuing to build your career and contribute to the expanding growth of a safer global railway industry.

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An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers. We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.


Application deadline

Not given

Start date

As soon as possible

Job Category

Electronics & Signal Processing

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Alstom in Belgium

Leading the way towards more sustainable mobility.