Sr/Mechanical Engineer - 90265964 - Oakland

Date: May 18, 2022

Location: Oakland, California, US, 94607

Company: Amtrak

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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.

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The Sr/Mechanical Engineer provides technical support for passenger cars and locomotives.  This would include providing hands-on technical support for troubleshooting of defects and repeat bad actor equipment as well as technical knowledge, design, and specifications for improvements to passenger cars and locomotives.  The Mechanical Engineer will also be called upon to participate in essential regulatory and engineering conferences.  

This position would provide the support for development of maintenance procedures and engineering specifications, solve advanced technical problems, research & troubleshoot reliability issues, develop and prototype improvements to the existing systems, monitor & respond to regulatory changes in the rail vehicle environment, and communicate with resources both internally and externally to meet business objectives.


•    Provide hands-on technical support for vehicle systems on all of Amtrak’s passenger car and locomotive fleets operating in California
•    Work with Fleet Managers to provide design and procedure improvements related to equipment problems stemming from either design issues, retrofit and field modifications, obsolescence, or maintenance shortcomings.
•    Collect, organize, review and analyze performance data to verify performance of designs and monitor for new problems as they arise. 
•    Assist in developing and/or improving maintenance practices and procedures to increase equipment reliability 
•    Participate in field tests, safety inspections, and warranty programs for both Amtrak and state rolling stock equipment, and in other investigations as required.

•    Provide technical guidance to, assist, and mentor more junior engineers within the company or with more supporting roles 
•    Participate in engineering and regulatory advisory boards, such as the FRA RSAC, APTA PRESS and similar agencies.


•    BS degree in an engineering discipline, or a BS degree and engineering work experience.
•    Demonstrated experience in design, construction, maintenance, and/or troubleshooting of passenger rail cars or locomotives.
•    Extensive understanding of FRA, AAR, and APTA regulations and recommended practices.
•    Proficient and possess experience in technical writing, spreadsheet and database manipulation.
•    Demonstrated understanding of quality control and maintenance practices.  
•    Ability to work directly on electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic components onboard the rolling stock in a Maintenance Shop environment as needed, in conjunction with craft laborers
•    Ability to read and understand electrical schematics, mechanical drawings, and technical documents for troubleshooting and design changes.
•    Ability to learn and follow regulations and safety procedures, including FRA Blue Flag rules and EPA regulations regarding refrigerants.
•    Good written and oral communication skills.
•    Basic computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft computer software such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Project.
•    Ability to develop and implement Mechanical procedures, Modifications, SMP’s and Maintenance Bulletins and Alerts.


•    Master’s Degree or equivalent.
•    Licensed Professional Engineer.
•    Understanding of both passenger and freight railroad operating environments.
•    Knowledgeable in areas of North American railway safety and regulatory practices including, but not limited to, AAR and FRA standards and rules.
•    Significant engineering experience with a railroad or other technically similar agency.
•    Active participant in a railway or other industry regulatory advisory board, such as the FRA RSAC or APTA PRESS or ASHRAE committees.

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:68458
Posting Location(s):California
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
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.

POSTING NOTES: Mechanical || Engineering & Mechanical