Sr Field Engineer - 90115280 - Chicago

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Chicago, Illinois, US, 60661

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 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.



Manage the day-to-day operations of the Track Department to include the maintenance and construction of bridges, tracks, turnouts, drainage improvements, and surfacing. Daily tasks will include responsibilities in both the office and the field in all types of weather conditions to support a 24/7 operation. Territory is Chicago Union Station Terminal, Amtrak’s Coach Yard and Brighton Park Maintenance Facility Yard and Beech Grove, Indiana Yard.




• Direct the Track Department's resources and responsibilities for all Track maintenance activities within the territory. 
• Participate in planning and implementation of maintenance and construction programs for the Track Department. Plan all construction phases for the installation of new bridges and track infrastructure.
• Coordinated maintenance and construction projects with other departments and agencies. Coordinate and schedule all work activities for major track outages in conjunction with various departments including communication & signals, track, structures, and transportation, to accomplish and adhere to established work schedules
• Ensured regulatory inspections are compliant with Amtrak policies and the FRA CFR. Comply with FRA, local, and national codes for construction and maintenance of bridges and track infrastructure.
• Monitor procurement status of all material and ensured proper installation of material. Ensure the proper delivery, storage, and installation of materials as well as the performance of any contracted services. 
• Communicate with the system design office and provide technical support in the field for all maintenance and construction activities. Remain available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and interruptions to the operations. Support planned work on weekends and nights in the field.
• Schedule technical training, safety training, safety compliance training, and physical exams for all direct reports.
• Observe field activities to ensure conformance with safety protocols and correct activities that do not conform when necessary. Report observations to drive improvement in the overall safety culture. Implement safety work plans for the prevention and elimination of personal injuries and hazardous conditions on Amtrak property and the right-of-way. Monitor work performance on the right-of-way and recommend use of new material and technical procedures.
• Assisted with the initiation and development of the division’s 1 year and 5-year capital plans. 
• Investigated accidents and responded as required. 
• Ensured compliance with current collective bargaining agreements and recommend formal discipline as warranted.



• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent work experience and training in position of similar capacity.
• Qualified or possess sufficient experience to be qualified in: BMWE labor agreement, FRA Regulations, RWP, GENERAL CODE & AMT2.
• Demonstrated supervisory experience and ability to interface with all levels of employees including both external and internal customers. 
• Demonstrated knowledge and applied experience in railroad operations, operating rules, and divisional operating processes and procedures.
• Demonstrated knowledge of project management including scheduling, budgeting, estimating, and coordinating efforts with other technical disciplines. 
• Demonstrated skills and experience with MS Office, creating spreadsheets, presentations, memorandums, and utilizing other applications to perform job functions.
• Possess strategic and tactical skills required for planning and executing complex project work. 
• Strong leadership required, encompassing effective communication, motivation, and team building/team performance skills.
• Strong Safety Focus.
• Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 
• Valid driver’s license.
• Demonstrated ability to work under tight time constrains, pressure, and multiple priorities.




• Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent work experience and training in position of similar capacity.
• Licensed Professional Engineer or ability to acquire.
• 5+ years of relevant experience preferred.




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:151844
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 100% 

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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: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical