Catenary Engineering Intern - Summer 2021 -90282903 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 19, 2020

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The purpose of this position is to attract future engineers by providing an entry point to promote careers in railway engineering – electric traction. Candidates accepted for this position will have the opportunities to apply their engineering skills in the field and to gain firsthand work experience in the various aspects of railway engineering – electric traction. This position may include opportunities for the candidates to continue work during the school semester part time or as a part of a co-op program.


Amtrak operates and maintains a power network in the northeast corridor that is used to supply trains and other equipment with electricity that is referred to as traction power.  Amtrak and its traction power network is analogous to a utility company in that they have transmission lines, distribution lines (overhead catenary system), generation, and control centers that oversee the power network.  Amtrak is looking for an individual to fill an intern position that will be engaged in all levels of the traction power network but primarily be focused on the overhead catenary system and electric traction infrastructure. 



Under the supervision of assigned Engineering Manager(s) the position will: 


  • Gain general knowledge (structural and electrical) about railroad overhead catenary infrastructure along with the various aspects of traction power assets.  
  • Assist in providing technical, logistical, and administrative support to ensure the successful completion of assigned project tasks within scope, schedule and budget. 
  • Assist in design reviews, and other analyses of electric traction railroad infrastructure assets and components to improve reliability and to enhance safety. 
  • Receive instruction on the various Engineering safety standards, work procedures, and operating practices.




  • Must be actively pursuing a degree in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical) from an accredited university/college 
  • Must have at least 1 year of academic undergraduate studies completed or a sophomore status at minimum.  
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher




  • Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and AutoCAD software 
  • Willingness to learn and be in the field with an enthusiastic attitude 
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. 



Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.


Requisition ID:48501
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

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All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to 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.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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