Electrical Engineer - 90249378 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 22, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. 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 due to our employees.


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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.


Support development and implementation of train control projects, with emphasis on Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.  Coordinate activities of train control engineering staff, division and production forces and other Amtrak departments to design and implement new and modify existing train control systems and facilities.  This position will participate in design, construction and commissioning planning and review meetings.  This position supports maintaining configuration control of train control hardware and software designs.  This position provides technical expertise to other departments and makes engineering decisions for the C&S Department and their staff upon request.




  • Support division and production C&S forces in implementation of modifications to Amtrak’s train control system and addressing technical issues.
  • Provide support for signal installation work to ensure that new systems are properly tested before being placed into service; develop and review test plans and procedures to ensure that production and division forces complete all necessary testing and documentation; attend field cutovers; and ensure any field changes are documented in as-in-service documentation.
  • Support configuration management process to ensure train control design files, databases, software, etc. are current and properly maintained.
  • Must be capable of managing solutions to individual train control design problems, providing direction to train control, maintenance, and production staff, and managing staff and consultant train control design staff.
  • Maintain documentation of all comments for design and implementation plans, both internal and external.
  • Assist in the development of the C&S department’s annual capital and maintenance programs.
  • Supports development of signal maintenance practices, procedures, and inspections through maintenance of AMT-23, AMT-27, and other C&S manuals.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with three years relevant experience or ten years equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Knowledge of work rules and safety standards including Amtrak’s AMT-23 and 27, FRA Rules and Regulations Governing Railroad Signal and Train Control Systems, Roadway Worker Protection, and NORAC/General Code Operating Rules.  If individual has not qualified under these, then he/she must have the ability to do so within one year.
  • Demonstrated experience in execution of train control system implementation, and technical supervision, project management, railroad maintenance and construction methods and planning / scheduling.
  • Working knowledge of railroad circuit design as applied in signal systems.
  • Knowledge of C&S equipment (microprocessors, relay, batteries, etc.).
  • Knowledge of Amtrak’s interlocking layouts and physical characteristics.
  • Knowledge of FRA standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of software system design concepts and processes.
  • Prior satisfactory job performance is required.
  • Must be able to represent Amtrak at industry (AREMA, FRA, TTCI, APTA) meetings and committees.



MINIMUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Ability to understand design trade-offs and budgetary implications
  • Skilled leader and manager with the following proficiencies:
    • Effective technical writer and presenter
    • Conducting meetings and interviews
    • Interpersonal communications
    • Time management
    • Conflict resolution and conducting formal investigations
  • Skilled in project management and execution
  • Ability to communicate with field personnel to ensure accuracy of signal system designs on file
  • Ability to shift priorities at short notice
  • Ability to organize and plan work
  • Ability to coach and mentor others
  • Ability to analyze situations and problems
  • Ability to function in a stressful environment 
  • Knowledge of Federal regulations and directives




  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education, and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • 6-9 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Extensive experience in design and construction of railroad train control systems, especially PTC systems
  • Extensive field knowledge of train control construction and maintenance practices
  • Qualified on NORAC, AMT-2 and RWP




  • Office and field work environment
  • Travel 25%



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $86,500 - $103,700 for the Electrical Engineer position and $103,700 - $124,500 for the Sr Electrical Engineer 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:159815
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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.