Mgr Engineering - 90364952 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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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. The Manager Engineering Design Controls – Scheduling, as part of the collective Design Controls team, oversees scheduling activities to ensure compliance with Amtrak’s scheduling standards and guidelines, 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 Manager Engineering Design Controls – Scheduling also monitors and evaluates staff performance and provides feedback, coaching and mentoring to make a positive impact on department personnel within the Planning and Engineering Support organization.  



  • Lead 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.
  • Coordinate, 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.
  • Oversee the intake 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.
  • Perform quality checks for scheduling deliverables, guide team to perform corrective actions when needed.
  • Ensure compliance with Amtrak project management standards and policies, third-party requirements, capital, operating and reimbursable requirements, industry best practices, and project-specific requirements.
  • Develop KPIs against baseline standards.
  • Prepare data submissions required during CAPD’s annual fiscal planning cycle, including collaboration with internal and external stakeholder.
  • Oversee monthly and quarterly data processes that interface enterprise and department-approved systems and tools with scheduling systems/databases.
  • Develop process and tools to support resource planning, intake processes and progress status reporting.
  • Clearly communicate all deliverables to Team.



  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Project Management, Construction Management, Science, Business, Math or a related field.  Required education may be substituted for additional relevant experience in excess of the minimum requirements outlined below, on a two-for-one year basis.
  • Required specialized experience in area of assignment:
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.



MIMINUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • 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 skills in communicating complex information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • 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.
  • A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Expert knowledge of planning and scheduling tools, methods, techniques, standards, and best practices, including resource management, progress measurement, risk management and earned value management.
  • Understanding of project financial reporting, forecasting and analysis.
  • Ability to research, analyze, evaluate performance gaps, and implement new business processes, tools, methods, and techniques to improve performance or output.





  • Ten (10) years’ experience in scheduling and project controls.
  • Five (5) years’ direct hands-on experience as a scheduler, using scheduling software to develop and maintain scheduling for engineering, rail, construction or related type projects.
  • Advanced Excel User
  • One or more of the following certifications/credentials:
    • Oracle Primavera P6 Certification
    • PMP or PMI-SP in good standing
  • 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.




  • 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 $110,750 - $143,530. 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:159834
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.