Mgr Engineering - 90112320 - Philadelphia

Date: Mar 22, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Responsibility for development and oversight of operational support, standards development, configuration management and modification to Amtrak’s Positive Train Control systems. Lead PTC and contractor staff to provide design engineering for projects and studies required to support safe and regulatory compliant operation of PTC systems, generation and review hardware and software design and commissioning plans for train control systems, development of train control design standard procedures and practices, and creation and review contract documents. This position will participate in design, construction and commissioning planning and review meetings. This position is responsible to maintain 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



  • Serve as a member of the Engineering Department’s Systems Stakeholder/Steering Committees responsible to define the department’s management information and decision support system goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate design requirements and standards for PTC systems between all C&S Engineering departments, Mechanical, IT, vendors and consultants, and outside agencies to support operations and modification to Amtrak’s PTC systems.
  • Support division and production C&S forces, Mechanical and other Amtrak departments in addressing technical issues and implementation of modifications to Amtrak’s PTC systems.
  • Provides support for signal installation work to ensure that new systems are properly tested before being placed into service, develops and reviews test plans and procedures to ensure that production and division forces complete all necessary testing and documentation, attends field cutovers, and ensure any field changes are documented in as-in-service documentation.
  • Ensures PTC design files, databases, software, etc. are current and properly maintained.
  • Must be capable of developing solutions to individual train control design problems, providing direction to train control design staff, and reviewing staff and consultant developed train control designs.
  • Supports the testing and evaluation of new products and equipment to be used in the signal system to ensure that they meet the operational, safety and reliability requirements.
  • Maintains documentation of all comments regarding of design plans, both internal and external.
  • Assist in the development of the C&S department’s annual capital and maintenance programs.
  • Assist in ensuring all train control assets are inventoried in Amtrak’s asset management program.
  • Supports development of signal maintenance practices, procedures and inspections through maintenance of AMT-23, AMT-27 and other C&S manuals.
  • Interfaces with FRA on issues that affect the maintenance and inspection of Amtrak’s train control system. Directs the filing of all FRA applications as required to modify Amtrak’s train control system.
  • Maintain industry contacts and membership in industry associations to determine industry best practices and their application at Amtrak.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with seven years relevant experience or eleven 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.
  • Demonstrate experience in train control design, technical supervision, technical design, design software, project management, railroad maintenance and construction methods and planning / scheduling.
  • Knowledge of software system design concepts and processes.
  • Working knowledge of railroad circuit design as applied in signal systems and C&S equipment (microprocessors, relay, batteries, etc.)
  • Knowledge of mathematics and Boolean algebra as it applies to train control processor or relay logic.
  • Knowledge of Amtrak’s interlocking layouts and physical characteristics.
  • Knowledge of FRA standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Prior satisfactory job performance is required.
  • Must be able to represent Amtrak at industry (AREMA, FRA, TTCI, APTA) meetings and committees
  • Ability to understand design trade-offs and budgetary implications
  • Must be able to quickly understand differences between freight and passenger standards
  • Skills in advanced leadership and management; effective writing and presentations; conducting meetings and interviews; interpersonal communications; time management; conflict resolution and conducting formal investigations
  • Skill in project management
  • 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
  • Analyze situations and problems
  • Knowledge of Federal regulations and directives
  • Ability to function in a stressful environment



  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering with nine years relevant experience or thirteen years equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Extensive experience in writing and checking railroad train control software programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of train control communication and office systems.
  • Qualified on NORAC, AMT-2 and RWP



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:161087
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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.