Sr/Electrical Engineer - 90308532 - Philadelphia

Date: Feb 2, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

Are you ready to join our team?


The Sr/Electrical Engineer supports development and implementation of train control projects, with emphasis on Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.  The Sr/Electrical Engineer supports configuration control of train control hardware and software designs associated with Amtrak’s safety-critical PTC components. The Sr/Electrical Engineer provides critical configuration management (CM) oversight and troubleshooting skills to better ensure the safety of changes made to the PTC system.



  • Develop, test, and deploy monitoring tools to integrate with existing Amtrak ACSES PTC monitoring and notification systems.  Assist ACSES engineers and field forces with using these tools.
  • Perform technical reviews of ACSES back-office configuration-managed items, including Safety TSR Server (STS), a safety-critical component for the ACSES system.  This requires evaluation of requirements and design specifications, lab test procedures, and vendor release notes.
  • Execute lab and test procedures in conjunction with our system integrator and our dispatching system teams; develop/review test reports and relevant test evidence for these tests.
  • Adhere to quality standards and procedures.  Review modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application architecture standards and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).  
  • Evaluate existing applications and platforms and provides recommendations for system enhancements by conducting gap analysis, identifying feasible alternative solutions and assisting in the scope of modifications.
  • Perform job duties in an office and field work environment.
  • Occasional travel and overnight/weekend work while performing maintenance or upgrades that require system or network outage.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering with six years relevant experience; or ten years equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Programming and/or systems analysis experience with a displayed mastery of multiple program languages, including C++, Java, Python, Rust, and Web languages.  Prior development experience with Linux development.
  • Prior experience with safety-critical system and component design, troubleshooting, and/or configuration management.
  • Prior satisfactory job performance is required.
  • Ability to organize and plan work.
  • Ability to analyze situations and technical problems.
  • Ability to shift priorities at short notice.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail in analysis and work products.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering with eight years relevant experience; or twelve years equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Knowledge of FRA standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Extensive knowledge of software system design concepts and processes.
  • Experience with PTC system back-office design, implementation, troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge/understanding of security principles and software implementation, including PKI, TLS, OS hardening, Pen Testing.


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.


The salary range is $108,000 -$140,000 for the Sr. Electrical Engineer and $93,500 - 121,000 for the Electrical Engineer Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.​

Requisition ID:79548
Band Zone:C3 
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 
Recruiter Name:Stephanie Venuto 


You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


This position is a tiered position. Incumbents will have a position level assigned based on their skills and experience, and in alignment with position development plans. Position placement is at Amtrak's sole and absolute discretion. 

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.