Industrial Architect - 90357687 - Philadelphia

Date: Apr 2, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

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.


Are you ready to join our team?

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 responsible to program and direct the design of upgrades and state of good repair improvements for Amtrak’s Facilities nationwide. This includes managing all core functions of design development including onsite requirements gathering, scoping, and design management in coordination with both internal SME staff and external architecture/engineering firms and consultants. This position functions as an Architectural Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Facilities Design Team and guides code interpretation and acceptance.


This position will function as the Design Manager (DM) of multiple multi-discipline projects (including field evaluations, scope of work preparation, specification writing, bid package development, construction budget and schedule estimating) while also developing and maintaining design standards and specifications associated with Facilities design. As a multi-discipline DM, this position requires an adequate breadth of general architectural/engineering design knowledge to provide the multi-discipline oversight, coordination and review during the design package development and milestone review process, with the embedded support of a team of SME’s to provide detailed discipline-specific reviews.


As the Architectural SME, this position will be the technical lead on the architectural aspects of their own and other DM-led Facilities projects within Amtrak’s nationwide network of yards, shops and other facilities to guide the new or repair designs of maintenance / crew buildings, warehouses, control centers, offices, and commissaries, as well as equipment such as fueling stations, sanding systems, air compressors, pumps, 480 ground power, control systems, HVAC systems, cranes, drop tables, and other equipment required to service railroad rolling stock or support maintenance of way employees.   


The position collaborates and partners with both internal and external stakeholders, including law, real estate, environmental, historic preservation, transportation, mechanical, engineering, local and state agencies / utilities, the FRA, and freight and commuter railroads, to execute the troubleshooting, scoping and design phase of Engineering and Mechanical programs in support of new business initiatives, energy conservation projects, and state of good repair projects.  


  • Lead the design of individual projects including requirements gathering, site evaluation, scope development, schedule, budget, plans, and specifications while ensuring alignment and collaboration between groups.
  • Manage external architectural and engineering resources for the completion of detailed design and construction documents.  
  • Create, lead, and provide technical review on capital design projects to support new initiatives, energy conservation / sustainability projects, res
  • Ensure project compliance with Amtrak standards and guidelines and all applicable federal/state/regional regulatory agency requirements. Ensure alignment with project requirements and limitations. 
  • Create, lead, and provide technical review on capital design projects to support new initiatives, energy conservation / sustainability projects, resiliency improvements, and state of good repair by functioning as sole point of contact for all design phase and construction phase Architect of Record (AOR) support activities.
  • Lead the review of engineering designs prepared by outside agencies, for projects to be constructed on Amtrak property, to ensure compliance with Amtrak and industry standards.
  • Provide technical expertise to field engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Provide technical support during construction and respond to submittals, RFI’s, and change order requests.
  • Self-perform design services on small Facility design projects with limited oversight.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
  • Licensed Registered Architect (RA) or ability to obtain within two years.
  • Extensive experience in design, construction, and project management for industrial or institutional facilities.
  • Extensive experience in management and leadership of multi-discipline design projects using outside architecture and engineering consulting firms.
  • Extensive understanding of building codes, design specifications, and recommended practices including ADA requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a matrix organization.



MIMINUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • 7 – 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of building design procedures, building M/E/P systems, building materials and systems, construction procedures and detailing.  Proficiency with the design process from inception through bids and EOR construction support.   
  • Demonstrated experience in developing biddable design and construction documents and procurement packages.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, collaborative and relationship building skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside an organization.
  • Must be able to initiate work from a bare problem statement and perform / manage all investigation, design and contract packaging to drive toward an efficient result with minimal impact to railroad operations.




  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Master’s Degree
  • Prior work experience as an Owner’s Representative performing all phases of development including planning, scoping, budgeting, estimating, constructing, and project close-out in a fast-paced environment with projects ranging in size and complexity.
  • Knowledge, understanding and prior experience of passenger rail operations, business functions, design / construction processes, and infrastructure requirements.
  • Prior work experience writing RFP’s, bidding, and contracting with outside architecture and engineering consulting firms.
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with large scale architecturally and historically sensitive facilities.




  • Travel up to 25%, must have a valid driver’s license
  • Hybrid work schedule - 3 days in the office per week, 2 days remote.




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $124,600 - $161,352. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:160225
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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.