Power Director (Trainee) - 90340606 - Boston, MA

Date: May 15, 2023

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, US, 02210

Company: Amtrak

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The Power Director position manages the power distribution on the Northeast Corridor between New Haven, CT and Boston, MA. Office is located in Boston, MA. This position supervises the operations and sectionalizing of the Electric Traction power distribution within the assigned territory. In addition, this position directly supervises the safety of operations, resources, configuration and switching of the electrification system components.  The Power Director position performs a critical role in Amtrak’s Electric Traction Department, ensuring the traction power network is operated in a safe, economical, and reliable manner.



• Utilize proper radio and telephone communication techniques.   
• Monitor and respond appropriately to abnormal system conditions and problems to safely mitigate the impact on the traction power network and train operations.
• Identify, report, and document all critical events and disseminate that information throughout the system as required.
• Coordinate Electric Traction functions and outages within the department and other departments as required.
• Prepares and issues AC Clearances for the protection of Amtrak employees and other personnel.
• Shift work within a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operations center.
• Performs other related duties as required.


• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must have a current valid driver’s license at hiring or transfer
• Experience using PC-based word processing spreadsheets, and presentation software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.…)


• Exposure to railroad electric traction systems, frequency converters, and SCADA control systems
• Experience working in an operations or dispatching center
• Experience in a leadership role
• Associates or Technical degree in an electrical related field


• Must possess excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, collaborative, and relationship building skills with demonstrative experience both within and outside an organization. 
• Must be highly organized and able to handle a variety of duties in a safe and accurate manner, frequently with limited timeframes and in a multi-tasking condition.


The hourly rate is $26.38 -  $35.17 (with opportunity for increases, as per the applicable collective bargaining agreement, after beginning employment). Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan; life insurance; paid time off; reimbursement of education; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Some benefits are subject to the collective bargaining agreement. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.


Requisition ID:158530
Posting Location(s):Massachusetts
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for 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.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical