Sr Structural Engineer - Tunnels - 90377166 - Philadelphia

Date: Jun 23, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position will be responsible for design and design management of complex transportation projects, with an emphasis on structural design of projects involving new and existing railroad underground structures (e.g. tunnels, shafts, other below-grade facilities) and overbuilds, however, other aspects of infrastructure and structures may be involved due adjacent bridges, stations, buildings, and facilities. Experience in design and construction of reinforced concrete, steelwork, tunnel linings, below-grade facility structural framing, and other underground structures is required. 


Candidate should understand, or quickly develop an understanding, of Railroad Operations and Fire & Life Safety related criteria as they relate to the design of underground structures, overbuild structures, and other enclosed stations and facilities.  Familiarity with general railroad construction, maintenance, and operations is preferred.  Familiarity with different project delivery strategies relative to contracting methods (e.g. Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, CMAR) is desirable and experience with contract packaging is necessary.  


The projects will vary in size and complexity and will require experience managing the design efforts of interdisciplinary project teams, which include, but are not limited to: track, electrification, communication and signals, structures, and stations and passenger facilities. 


• Lead and provide technical review of engineering design for Amtrak capital projects that include new initiatives, resiliency improvement, and state of good repair, as a point of contact during design phase and construction phase
• Ensure project compliance with Amtrak standards and guidelines and all applicable federal/state/regional regulatory agency requirements. Ensure alignment with project requirements and limitations
• During project design stage, identify and understand risk, recommend mitigation strategies, and manage risk to deliver the project on time and within budget.
• Manage external engineering resources for the completion of detailed design and construction documents
• Review both in-house and third party designs relative to technical and structural adequacy to validate projects proposed to be constructed on, over, in, or adjacent to Amtrak property to ensure compliance with Amtrak and industry standards. 
• Assist the Project Delivery Group in technical aspects of construction projects, including site inspection, RFI and submittal review.
• Provide technical input to facilitate procurement through procurement process
• Internal stakeholder coordination, including project delivery, project control services, inspection and maintenance, planning and operations.
• Lead technical efforts for agreements with third party stakeholders for implementation/construction of Amtrak projects that have external impacts (real estate easements, development agreements, site access agreements, design review agreements, etc.)
• Develop and perform technical presentation to all management and executive levels of stakeholders (both internal and external) as required to support relevant Amtrak project and programs.  Must be able to determine appropriate level of detail for all technical levels of audiences, including state and federal offices, contractors and consultants, general public, etc.
• Review projects for Safety and Security Concerns, coordinate as appropriate with inhouse stakeholders; develop and/or review vibration monitoring plans and instrumentation designs for existing Amtrak infrastructure and neighboring buildings.
• Provide technical expertise to other departments and make critical engineering decisions for Amtrak stakeholders. 
• During site visits, identify hazards or potential projects that are beyond the scope and ability of maintenance and production personnel.
• Occasionally work nights or weekends in support of projects
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills


• Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline, with an emphasis on Structural Engineering or the equivalent combination of education and experience 
• Understanding of structural design codes and standards
• Familiar with structural engineering software such as SAP2000, STAAD
• Demonstrated experience working in a matrix organization


MIMINUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
• Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, collaborative and relationship building skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside an organization.
• Must be able to initiate work from a bare problem statement and perform / manage all investigation, design, and contract packaging to drive toward an efficient result with minimal impact to railroad operations.
• Must be self-motivated and able to work autonomously to identify, troubleshoot and develop solutions for project-specific challenges.
• Experience in design, construction, and project management for transportation facilities.
• Experience in management and leadership of multi-discipline design projects using outside architecture and engineering consulting firms.
• Understanding of building codes, design specifications, and recommended practices 


• Licensed Professional Engineer
• 5 – 8 years of experience in design and construction for underground structural practice
• 8+ years of experience in underground structural practice
• Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering
• Project/Construction management experience of underground projects
• Prior experience in bidding and contracting for underground projects
• Knowledge, understanding and experience with railroad operations, design and construction processes, and infrastructure requirements
• Prior work experience as an Owner’s Representative performing all phases of development including planning, scoping, budgeting, estimating, constructing, and project close-out in a fast-paced environment with projects ranging in size and complexity.
• Prior work experience writing RFP’s, bidding, and contracting with (or as an employee of) architecture and engineering consulting firms.
• Understanding of both passenger and freight railroad operating environments

• Travel up to 25% in Northeast (Washington, DC to Boston, MA, and adjacent lines)
• Valid driver’s license required


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $103,700-$134.460. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:161571
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; New Jersey
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

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

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.