Lead Asset Specialist - 90335431 - Philadelphia

Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The Systems Engineering GIS team supports the Infrastructure Maintenance and Construction Services (IMCS) disciplines—Track, Communications & Signals (C&S), Bridges & Buildings (Structures),  Electric Traction (ET), and Maintenance of Way (MoW) Equipment—by maintaining a complete, location-based asset inventory; providing data analytics and design calculations; providing the asset data used by the IMCS Asset Management System, Maximo; and developing the asset data dictionaries used to define Amtrak’s asset information hierarchies and develop asset management strategy.  The GIS team continually works to build Amtrak’s capabilities for geoanalysis to better understand IMCS data and contribute to strategic solutions to business problems.
The Lead Asset Specialist is responsible for updating, maintaining, and ensuring data accuracy in the Esri Geodatabase, GIS applications, and Maximo Database for Track, ET, C&S, and Structures assets. The Lead Asset Specialist is responsible for managing Amtrak’s Linear Referencing System (LRS) using scripting tools. The Lead Asset Specialist coordinates field activities to ensure efficient asset collection for the Asset Information Team. The Lead Asset Specialist works with the Engineering Asset Management Team to confirm that asset updates are accurately reflected on Maximo work orders and inspections.



  • Update Location and Asset Attribute information in the Engineering Asset Database and Maximo, as well as ArcGIS applications and web maps, when reconfiguration and additions are made in the field. 
  • Interface with each department to collect required master data using various IMS tools to incorporate the updates and changes into the Asset Database, ultimately feeding Maximo.
  • Systematically expand the master asset list, components and sub-assemblies, and the mandatory attributes as required for inspections, tests, and work management.
  • Validate and incorporate asset change information into the Geodatabase from the EAM work orders at completion of the work.
  • Incorporate manual and automated inspection results as inspection work orders are submitted to Maximo. 
  • Process collected data using LiDAR Survey post-processing software, CAD software, and GIS software in preparation for import into Maximo and Geodatabase.
  • Maintain Amtrak’s Linear Referencing System (LRS) utilizing ESRI Roads and Highways.
  • Automate updates and business solutions using Jupyter Notebooks and ArcPy.
  • Troubleshoot the Geospatial Database, create GIS applications, and complete ad-hoc mapping projects. 




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science, or a related field.
  • 6 plus years of Transportation/Railroad experience.
  • Experience in a data processing environment with LiDAR and GPS collection tools.
  • Experience with a desktop GIS software (either Esri’s ArcGIS or QGIS) and knowledge of GIS data types, GPS collection, relational database management systems (RDBMS), spatial analysis, and cartography.  Ability to collect, manage, analyze, model, and present geographic or spatial data.
  • Proficiency in programming languages, such as SQL and Python, to create GIS script customizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to build relationships with all levels of the organization and communicate complex information effectively.
  • Superior analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Solid project management and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities on an as-needed basis.
  • Confidence in making decisions with little supervision.



  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated work experience in a data processing environment which includes experience with CAD, GIS and LiDAR post processing software. 
  • Some years of experience with ESRI GIS software specifically.
  • Asset Management experience and IAM training.
  • Certification in CAD or Geographic Information Systems.
  • Firm understanding of how to use GIS tools (GIS Cartography, GIS Analysis, GIS Modeling, QGIS, Carto), design software (AutoCAD, ArcView), database programming languages (SQL, R, Python), front end design languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), and various mapping languages and developer packages such as Jupyter Notebooks and other ArcPro toolbox applications.




  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


Requisition ID:107717
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; Delaware; New Jersey
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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.

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.



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