Lead Construction Specialist - 90378003 - Long Island City

Date: Jul 10, 2024

Location: Long Island City, NY, US, 11101

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.



The Lead Construction Specialist plays a crucial role in assisting, overseeing and/or managing construction projects from conception to completion. You will work closely with program and project managers, production managers, division leadership, engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors and third parties to ensure projects are executed efficiently to satisfy scope, schedule, cost, quality and safety requirements in accordance with contractual obligations.  The Lead Construction Specialist will manage construction efforts to coordinate inter-railroad support and necessary outages for both force account and third party installations on the East Side Accses Project / Harold reconfiguration program.



  • Support capital construction efforts by providing technical support to contractor, force account and supervision as well as helping to satisfy scope, schedule, cost, quality, and safety requirements on the project. Initiate action when necessary to ensure the project is being built as specified in the scope of work.
  • Work with contractor, force account and supervision to ensure the project is executed in accordance to agreed upon scope, costs, and schedule.
  • Evaluate, select, and apply standard construction engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria, using solid engineering judgment in making decisions.
  • Communicate effectively with audiences that include but are not limited to management, coworkers, clients, vendors, contractors, and visitors. apply knowledge of applicable local, state/province, and federal/national statutes and guidelines to various area of responsibility.
  • Work with the Program/Project Manager, review potential change requests from the field and, if appropriate, prepares a potential change notice with appropriate justification for submission to PM.
  • Assist and/or lead on coordinating and assuring adherence to Site Specific Safety Work Plans with Contractors and Amtrak Personnel.
  • Coordinate applicable track and ET outages. Prepare outage plans.
  • Interact with Amtrak personnel leadership for resource planning.
  • Conduct project site visits to assess project feasibility, determine scope requirements and potential challenges.
  • Coordinate the work of contractors to include engineers, technicians, and other personnel who help on specific project activities and assignments.
  • Monitor and report on various production metrics/units to provide the required data to best meet the goals of the project.
  • Maintain knowledgeable of requirements for applicable codes and standards on a project.
  • Coordinate the completion of construction activities.
  • Provide weekly updates (construction reports) to the project manager on the status of project, including any issues that occurred.  Additionally, provide formal monthly project status reports addressing actual and forecast costs and schedules, production units, change of status, etc. to the Program Manager of the project.
  • Coordinate the preparation and revision of technical work procedures consistent with project design and construction requirements.
  • Analyze and make recommendations regarding solutions to problems with varying complexity in accordance with CAPD, Amtrak and/or project objectives and guidelines.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Attend progress meetings and report on project status.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and/or relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Ability to learn and apply knowledge of applicable local, state/province, and federal/national statutes and guidelines, and Amtrak safety rules and regulations, standard practices and RWP/NORAC rules.
  • Ability to learn and apply knowledge of train operations in the New York zone.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities under tight constraints.
  • Must have the ability to coordinate efforts with other technical disciplines and have knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, and estimating.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in using PC-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) sufficient to prepare effective business analyses and presentations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Meet expectations on attendance and punctuality
  • Valid driver’s license


  • Certified Construction Management (CCM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Demonstrated construction experience in a railroad environment.
  • 6-9 years relevant experience preferred
  • Knowledge of New York ET systems, catenary installation, standard practices and inspection standards


  • Various levels of environmental conditions including but not limited to project worksites and vendor/client facilities which may have temporary office space, moving mechanical parts and vibration; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles and extreme temperatures and high noise levels
  • Primarily a field-based position
  • Will be resonsible for field walks/ inspections
  • Ability to work weekends and nights to support the needs of the project. Days & night schedules may alternate.


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $94,300 - $122,256 for the position. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, 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:161714
Posting Location(s):New York
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 75% 

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.