Mgr Trainee - 90251867 - Washington

Date: Nov 9, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away.

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 Amtrak Manager Trainee Program is an aggressive, fast paced program designed to accelerate future leaders into management professionals at Amtrak. This program gives college graduates an opportunity to gain a broad perspective and valuable experience in a series of rotation assignments throughout the organization. It offers assignments which allow employees to train, develop, and grow professionally while making meaningful contributions to the organization. Through the program, the trainee will have the opportunity to build a solid record of accomplishments and gain a broad-based perspective of the company. The program ranges from 12-24 months in length depending upon career track and performance. There are two starts: January and June of 2022.


The beginning of the program includes orientation and multiple training requirements. During this portion of the program, trainees will participate in meet and greets with executives and department heads, as well as receive tours at several facilities, shops and stations across Amtrak’s footprint. The first few months of the program will consist of classroom training at our state-of-the-art training facility located in Wilmington, DE, as well as on-site operational training across multiple Amtrak locations. A series of rules qualifications will be taught, and comprehension assessed in order to continue successfully in this program. Each required rules training will include classroom learning followed by an exam, then immediate job shadow to observe each corresponding area in order to see firsthand what each department entails and understand how those rules apply.


Once the orientation, rules training and observation rotations are complete, trainees will move into advanced rotation assignments. A minimum of three assignments is required and will be selected for each trainee based on previous experience and business need. Trainees are placed one-on-one with an Amtrak manager, in order to gain a more detailed understanding of each position.
The final phase of the program includes placing the trainee into an assistant manager role that is aligned with a manager from the position in which the trainee will fit best. This is determined by a combination of feedback from managers during advanced rotations, and business needs. Once in the assistant role, the trainee will then be placed on a fast-track development plan to transition into the final role in which they have trained for.
Engineering Trainees are hired into one of four sub-departments: Track, Structures, Communications & Signals, or Electric Traction. Once the initial 6-month rotations are complete, trainees will begin an 18-month assignment within their specific department in Engineering. Schedules will vary between sub-departments, but generally the first 6 months will be spent visiting Maintenance-of-Way facilities between Washington, D.C. and Boston as well as Chicago and Michigan. During this time, Trainees will be assigned to ADEs, Supervisors, and Foremen to observe daily maintenance and construction operations and assist with tasks as needed.
For the final 12 months of the program Trainees will be assigned to work with an Assistant Division Engineer in a location to be determined by the Engineering Manager. Potential locations include Washington, DC, Perryville, MD, Philadelphia, New York City, Albany, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
At the end of the 12–24-month rotation, Trainees will work with their Engineering or Mechanical Manager to be placed in a position that best suits their skills and abilities. 


Typical first assignments for Amtrak Engineering Manager Trainees include: 

Construction Engineer: Assist in field survey and design, manage work groups and/or contractors, oversee construction and project management.

Engineer Structures – Assist with tasks related to maintenance standards, FRA compliance, bridge inspections, field survey and design, managing maintenance work groups, and project management.

Engineer Track – Assist with tasks related to maintenance standards, FRA compliance, track survey and design, rail defect testing, vegetation control, and project management.

Engineer C&S – Assist with tasks supporting maintenance and operation, design, implementation and construction of Communication and Signals infrastructure including interlocking, automatic block signal, positive train control, network, and voice radio systems.

Electrical Engineer – ET – Assist with tasks related to Traction Power and overhead contact systems including design, maintenance, and operation of Amtrak’s transmission network.  Civil/Mechanical/Structural/Electrical specialties are all needed.

Typical first assignments for Amtrak Mechanical Trainees include:

Assistant General Foreman – Work side by side with General Foreman and/or foreman in mechanical shops. Oversee mechanical work associated with Amtrak’s Acela, Northeast Regional and Long-Distance trains by working in our mechanical facilities. Work with our mechanical teams maintaining trains for strong, reliable performance on the railroad. Assist with overseeing Union shop employees from numerous crafts.  


Mechanical or Electrical Engineer – Systematically researches problems, analyzes failures for root causes, and designs solutions while distinguishing between routine troubleshooting and genuine systemic problems.  Works with Mechanical forces to troubleshoot problems and implement design changes system-wide.


Service Engineer – Diagnoses causes of malfunctions across all rolling stock systems to properly troubleshoot technical issues.  Works alongside Mechanical forces to correct failures and helps design long-term solutions within Rolling Stock Engineering.


•    College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial) or Construction Management from an accredited university/college, or equivalent railroad and business experience
•    Commitment to complete a 24-month minimum program
•    Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays
•    Demonstrate leadership skills in areas or roles outside of normal job responsibilities
•    Work effectively with others in a team setting
•    Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner
•    Willingness to travel, primarily on the Northeast Corridor
•    Demonstrate strong communication skills 


•    Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment
•    Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Military graduate will be considered
•    Ability to work a defined workday and various work shifts as needed (including nights and weekends)

This program requires extensive travel. An ideal candidate must be flexible to travel to any Amtrak location nationwide. 
A candidate can be relocated to any Amtrak location.  An ideal candidate must be flexible regarding location.  The assignment locations may differ from the permanent location at the end of the program. 
No vacation exceptions permitted within the first 6 months of hire.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
Candidates who apply to this posting may be contacted now or at a later date when a position becomes available.

Requisition ID:72522
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Human Capital 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their 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.

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.

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