Sr Mgr Equipment Engineering - Diesel Locomotives - 90303794 - Chicago

Date: Jul 6, 2022

Location: Chicago, Illinois, US, 60616

Company: Amtrak

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The Senior Manager Equipment Engineering leads an engineering team to oversee Diesel based fleets of rolling stock equipment over their life cycle and develops engineering programs and processes to improve the reliability of such equipment. The Sr. Manager Equipment Engineering will coordinate the engineering effort with Transportation, Materials Management, Mechanical Operations, and Backshops in his/her efforts to improve reliability. Position is the key Mechanical Department liaison and subject matter expert on issues relating to fleet engineering and performance for a given fleet type including technical oversight of equipment vendor contracts.


• Manages engineering related to rail vehicle fleets to allow safe and compliant configuration and operation of rail vehicles, make customer experience oriented improvements to passenger vehicles, troubleshoot issues on fleets, improve reliability and availability of rail vehicles, and maintain availability of or find replacement for components on aging fleets. 
• Leads and manages a team of mechanical and electrical engineers who help fulfill the other duties so described, as the ultimate technical authority over the fleets
• Responsible for approval of any and all modifications to the configuration of equipment under this position, whether initiated and designed by the Rolling Stock Engineering group, other departments at Amtrak, or outside sources
• Leads engineering team in modification and improvement efforts, which may be related to customer experience, compliance with federal or state regulations, component end-of-life, or reliability improvements
• Provides equipment maintenance policies and standards and ensures strict implementation of FRA and FDA regulations, SMP’s and Maintenance Bulletins and Alerts.
• Monitors fleet performance through trend analysis, troubleshooting and diagnostic review, training program effectiveness and second sourcing options for equipment components across the system.
• Oversees systemic fleet performance to optimize reliability and availability performance by providing engineering work scope and procedures for work content reaching from major overhaul and remanufacture programs, to modifications, PM and running repairs.
• Prepares and reviews data on repeat and serious mechanical failures and uses to help improve fleet performance
• Serves as the primary engineering information conduit for equipment improvement between field and backshops, as well as to other departments within Amtrak
• Serves as the primary subject matter on all matters relating to the equipment and represents Amtrak to the FRA, NTSB, or other regulatory and technical bodies at need
• Provides input to Mechanical Ops management in matters of budget and resource planning relating to fleet type managed and in support of Business Process.
• Works diligently to engineer “best practice” among locations utilizing the equipment type.
• Approves all Bills of Materials and changes to materials used on fleets.
• Oversees project budgets based upon inspection and modification schedules.


• Demonstrated experience in leading and managing people and projects 
• Significant engineering experience with passenger rail rolling stock in technical roles involving inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, and improvements of subject equipment type. 
• Demonstrated experience in or understanding of a service operation with complex collective bargaining agreements and multiples shift operation in harsh weather.
• Demonstrated knowledge in areas of North American railway safety and regulatory practices including but not limited to AAR, FDA, FRA, APTA, ADA, and Transport Canadian rules.
• Demonstrated ability to formulate, communicate, and implement specific goals thorough a chain of command.
• Demonstrated ability to sort through complex information, take input from subject matter experts, with or without degrees, and make substantive decisions with limited guidance
• Demonstrated knowledge of the CFR-229 along with basic qualifications on the CFR-238.
• Available 24/7 to handle any issues that may arise.


• MS degree in an engineering discipline or PE License.
• Demonstrated knowledge of accepted industry quality standards and the ISO quality procedure.
• Demonstrated fleet management experience in a transportation company.
• Demonstrated familiarity with Amtrak or other inter-city railroad locomotive fleets
• Certified in Project Management.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:75361
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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.

POSTING NOTES: Mechanical || Engineering & Mechanical