Deputy Chief Engineer - 90001402 - Philadelphia

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The Deputy Chief Engineer Track is responsible for all Engineering functions of the Track Department nationwide including planning, programming, estimating, budgeting, design, inspection, maintenance and construction standards, and construction overview for bridges, tunnels, and facilities. Responsible for establishing Track standards, policy, and ensuring compliance. Develops and implements the annual capital Track program and the five-year strategic state of good repair plan. Directs Track design staff responsible for in house design, Architect/Engineer design consultants, and design review of external third-party projects on Amtrak property. Responsible for Track design for HSR and capacity improvements. Provides expert advice and technical support to the Chief Engineer and to the Engineering Maintenance and Engineering Project Delivery organizations, as well as non-Engineering departments. Responsible for Track matters involving federal and state agencies, commuter agencies, and other railroads.



  • Develops and implements Track’s capital programs.
  • Provides high level expertise on track inspection, maintenance, and construction.
  • Responsible for Track project and program management, technical design supervision, planning and scheduling, budget and finance, contracts management, Field production methods, agency coordination, railroad maintenance, construction methods, operations and procedures.
  • Establishes Track’s standards and policies, and ensures compliance including federal and state regulations with appropriate audit process.
  • Provides expert advice and technical support to the AVP Engineering and Design and to the Service Delivery and Operations organization, as well as other Capital Delivery departments and Amtrak Orginizations.
  • Represents Amtrak on Track matters with federal and state agencies, commuter agencies, other railroads, and the railway industry.



  • B.S. Degree in Engineering
  • Professional Engineer License or Extensive railroad Track work experience including demonstrated supervisory and field management experience, and extensive inspection, maintenance, and construction experience.
  • Proven leadership in operations, cost reduction, process improvement, asset utilization, program and organizational management and a demonstrated understanding of railroad operations.
  • Extensive experience in project and program management; technical design supervision, planning and scheduling; budget and finance; contracts management; field production methods; agency coordination; railroad maintenance; construction methods; operations and procedures.
  • Extensive experience managing large, diverse and geographically dispersed groups of individuals.
  • Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions.
  • Known in the industry as a Technical Expert in Track Engineering.




  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and collaboration skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside an organization. 
  • Must be able to prepare technical reports.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $182,330 - $236,300. 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:158330
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for 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.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical