Phil Jones, M.S.

Phil Jones
Lecturer in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Lecturer in Engineering, MMM Program
Office Phone
Office Location
230 Burke
ERIE PA 16563

Mr. Philip Jones is a lecturer in engineering in the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1986. Mr. Jones also earned the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. In addition, Mr. Jones graduated from the General Electric Advanced Course (A, B, and C courses) in Engineering as part of the Edison Engineering Program in 1989. Mr. Jones is a Licensed Professional Engineer, PE 054155E, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Jones began his engineering career in 1986 with General Electric Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. Subsequent to that time he worked for Morrison Knudsen Co. in Boise, ID, and Atchison Steel Castings Co. in Atchison, KS. He then returned to General Electric Company as Engineering Manager of Locomotive Truck Design Group. His most current industrial experience began with LORD Corporation in 1998 as Product Engineer and Engineering Manager. 

Mr. Jones is an Associate Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers with specific interests in vehicle suspension design, vibrations, structural design, and manufacturing.

Courses Taught

  • Materials and Processes Laboratory, 1998-1999
  • Materials Engineering
  • Strength of Materials, 2007-present


U.S. Patents

  • Railway Truck Bearing Lateral Thrust Pads, U.S. Patent No. 5,537,932, July 23, 1996
  • Self-Steering Railway Truck, U.S. Patent No. 5,555,816, September 17, 1996
  • Angled Traction Rods, U.S. Patent No. 5,603, 265, February 18, 1997
  • Resilient Member for Railway Vehicle Side Bearings, U.S. Patent No. 6,357,732 B1, March 19, 2002


Participation in professional and learned societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associate Member since 1986
    • Sub-sections:
      • Rail Transportation
      • Mechanical Design

Participation in public and private service related activities

  • Industrial Advisory Committed for Design and Drafting Curriculum, Erie County Technical School, 2007-present
  • Junior Achievement in Wattsburg School District, 2012-present
  • St. Gregory Parish, North East, PA
    • Parish Council, 2000-2002
  • Knights of Columbus, St. Alphonsus Liquori Council 4262, North East, PA
    • Recorder, 2009-2010
    • Grand Knight, 2010-2012
    • Trustee, 2009-2010 & 2012-present
Research Interests

Specific interests in vehicle suspension design, vibrations, structural design, and manufacturing.


Structural Analysis and Design Proposal for Cast Sight Glass Retainer
Collaborator: Robert Edwards, Co-Author

An Application of Tuned Vibration Absorber using Finite Elements - July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 19, 2018
Collaborators: Jeremy Main, Co-Author/Presenter; Corey Lenhardt, Co-Author; Nicholas Roth, Co-Author

AX2 Transducer Modal and Harmonic Response Analysis using Solid Finite Elements

Introduction to Stress Transformation and Mohr's Circle - June 25, 2016
Collaborator: Edward Evans, Co-Author

Technical Verification for Adhesive Process Change on Product Drawings for Cambridge Springs Plant

Operation of Schenck CAB820H Horizontal Balancer


MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Other, General Electric Company

BS, Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University