Mechanical Design Engineer(PE)-90340135 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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This position is responsible to program and direct the design of upgrades and state of good repair improvements for Amtrak’s Facilities nationwide. This includes managing project development, design, and specification writing with internal staff and external architecture/engineering firms and consultants.  This position is the Mechanical Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the Facilities Design team and guides code interpretation and acceptance as well as training to other mechanical engineers.

The position collaborates and partners with both internal and external stakeholders, including law, real estate, transportation, mechanical, engineering, local and state agencies / utilities, the FRA, and freight and commuter railroads, to execute the troubleshooting, scoping and design phase of Engineering and Mechanical programs in support of new business initiatives, energy conservation projects, and state of good repair projects on a priority basis. 
This position will lead the design of individual projects (including field evaluations, scopes of work, specifications, budgets, and schedules) and development of design standards and specifications associated with facility design. 

This position collaborates with internal departments to establish a state of good repair program for Passenger Rail Maintenance facilities which consist of maintenance yards and shops that include utilities such as fueling systems, locomotive sand loading systems, compressed air, pumps, piping, 480 Volt power, control systems, HVAC, cranes, drop tables, and other equipment required to service railroad rolling stock.  Additional projects may involve crew quarters, commissaries, offices, and other miscellaneous structures which will include multi-discipline oversight, coordination, and review.




  • Lead the design of individual projects including requirements gathering, site evaluation, scope development, schedule, budget, plans, and specifications while ensuring alignment and collaboration between groups.
  • Write Design Scope of Work for assigned projects based on site reviews and stakeholder meetings to ensure compliance with site requirements and all applicable codes and standards.
  • Coordinate all aspects of design with Amtrak’s internal clients 
  • Manage external engineering resources for the completion of detailed design and construction documents   
  • Create and lead capital program projects to support new initiatives, energy conservation, and state of good repair by functioning as sole point of contact for all design phase and construction phase EOR support activities.
  • Lead the review of engineering designs prepared by outside agencies, for projects to be constructed on Amtrak property, to ensure compliance with Amtrak and industry standards.
  • Provide technical expertise to field engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Provide technical support during construction and respond to submittals, RFI’s, and change order requests.
  • Self-perform design services on small Facility design projects with limited oversight.
  • Maintain concise and up-to-date scope / schedule / budget status summaries for inclusion in the Facilities Database as part of internal and external stakeholder communications.
  • Work collaboratively with Amtrak Project Delivery personnel to integrate the design work into the greater construction programs as well as facilitate fiscal year forecasting and lookahead




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mechanical preferred.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience.
  • Extensive infrastructure experience in maintenance, planning, design, construction, and project / program management for facilities, preferably in a railroad environment
  • Extensive experience in management and leadership of multi-discipline design leveraging outside architecture and engineering consulting firms.
  • Extensive understanding of building codes, design specifications, and recommended practices for mechanical equipment, controls, and power sources.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a matrix organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing biddable design and construction documents.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, collaborative and relationship building skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside an organization.
  • Must be able to initiate work from a bare problem statement and perform / manage all investigation, design, and contract packaging to drive toward an efficient result with minimal impact to railroad operations.
  • Understanding of passenger railroad operating environments.




  • Prior work experience as an Owner’s Representative performing all phases of development including planning, scoping, budgeting, estimating, constructing, commissioning, and close out in a fast-paced environment with projects ranging in size and complexity.
  • Prior design experience with building mechanical and electrical systems and controls.
  • Familiarity with large scale historically sensitive facilities.
  • Knowledge, understanding and prior experience of passenger rail operations and infrastructure requirements
  • Master’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 15 years relevant experience




  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $133,000 – 173,000.   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:114381
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; New York
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical