Lead/Project Controls Specialist (Scheduler)- 90361094 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 18, 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.



The Lead Project Controls Specialist (Scheduling), as part of our Design Controls team, is responsible for utilizing existing software tools, systems, and work processes to assist with effective scheduling and resource forecasting for technical design reviews within the Planning and Engineering Support group under Capital Delivery. The Planning and Engineering Support group is collectively comprised of the Design Controls and Design Management teams.


The Design Controls team is responsible for planning and scheduling the acceptance of design review submissions, developing and monitoring the anticipated duration of the technical review, developing and monitoring the anticipated cost of review, channeling each design submission to the appropriate design reviewer(s), monitoring for review completion and subsequent return of design review comments to the external customer, as well as organizing and maintaining records of the overall design submission.



  • Assist the Design Management team and Cost Estimator(s) with developing the anticipated duration for each anticipated design submission per project.
  • Develop, maintain, and monitor a schedule for all current and forecasted project design reviews based on the availability of design reviewers and estimated duration for each submission review.
  • Track and communicate potential schedule changes to help ensure design review cost estimates and schedule changes are given visibility with the customer and internal stakeholders.
  • Assist with the submission process for design review documents from third-party customers and oversee the internal conveyance of subject documents to the scheduled reviewer(s).
  • Provide routine updates to leadership chain regarding schedule performance and resource forecasting.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or related field



  • Understanding of the design and submission review process, preferably as it pertains to the railroad environment.
  • Practical scheduling skills (schedule development, management, and reporting).
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and MS Project.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and time-management skills.
  • Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service.
  • Familiar with multi-discipline railroad infrastructure (track, electric traction, communications & signals, structures, stations, and facilities).
  • Basic understanding of Amtrak’s network, service, infrastructure, train fleet and maintenance facilities.



  • Minimum 6 years of relevant experience.
  • In lieu of education, a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed.
  • Strong understanding of Amtrak-maintained territory and operation.
  • Experience working with external customers/stakeholders.
  • Experience with design management, administration, and planning in addition to scheduling.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.



  • Primarily main-office environment.
  • Railroad right-of-way and/or project site visits may be required occasionally for short durations, based on department and/or specific project need.



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $96,750-$125,380 for the Lead Project Controls Specialist and 75,500-97,480 for the Project Controls Specialist. 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:159051
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.