Sr Electrical Engineer, Positive Train Control - 90117919 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 5, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The primary goal of this position is to provide safe and reliable Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. This position provides engineering expertise and is responsible for complex projects and studies required to design, implement, and maintain Amtrak’s PTC systems, primarily I-ETMS & ITCS. This position provides technical expertise to other departments and makes engineering decisions for the C&S Department and their staff upon request. The Senior Engineer participates in the development of standard procedures and practices to be used in PTC design and maintenance. Participates in the development of contract documents used in the design and maintenance of PTC. This position is responsible for design of and updates to subdivision files, track databases, wayside interface units, interface control documents, and PTC system designs to ensure compliance with regulatory and Amtrak standards and policies. Participates in project design meeting, reviews SOWs, and provides detailed comments.


• 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.
• Maintain, review and update wayside PTC asset designs and configuration management based on current state and planned changes made by Amtrak, contractors, or other railroads.
• 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.
•Coordinate and attend simulation, factory acceptance testing, and lab testing as well as develop and review procedures for same events.
• Support field personnel in installation, field tests, troubleshooting, and safety inspections of PTC assets. Ensure any field changes meet Configuration Management policies and practices.
• Ensures PTC design files, databases, software, etc. are current, properly maintained and comply with Amtrak standards and practices and regulatory requirements.
• Provide engineering expertise to investigate systemic problems and develop solutions to reduce failures and increase availability of equipment. 
• Represent Amtrak in industry-wide working groups and interact with industry counterparts on configuration changes. 


• Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

• 6 years of relevant experience required
• Demonstrated experience in PTC design, including WIUs or subdivision/track databases, technical supervision, and planning/scheduling.
• Knowledge of FRA standards, rules, and regulations governing railroad signal and train control systems.
• Capable of developing solutions to individual PTC design problems.
• Knowledge of work rules and safety standards including AMT-2, 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.
• Prior satisfactory job performance.
• Demonstrated experience in oral and written communication within and outside of the organization.
• Ability to communicate with field personnel to ensure accuracy of PTC system designs on file.
• Ability to shift priorities at short notice.
• Ability to organize and plan work.
• Ability to coach and mentor others.
• Ability to analyze situations/problems and propose solutions.
• Knowledge of Federal regulations and directives.
• Ability to function in stressful situations.


• Bachelor's/Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering preferred.

• 8+ years relevant experience preferred. 
• Extensive field knowledge of PTC construction and maintenance practices.
• Extensive experience in designing and testing railroad train control systems.
• Experience in PTC design of office or communication segments.
• Experience developing and maintaining Configuration Management processes.
• Experience in network and radio communication.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:58902
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
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.

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All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to 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.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical