Principal Engineer - 90342381 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The Principal Engineer Track Design performs track and civil engineering design of railroad track engineering design projects. They design high-speed, passenger railroad track for capital, maintenance and special projects.  They provide leadership and mentoring to the less experienced track engineers. They coordinate track design projects with their Engineering counterparts in Electric Traction, Signals and Communications and Structures.  They are a technical resource for the Division Engineers and Engineering Production (Undercutter, Tie Laying Machine, High-Speed Surfacing, Switch Exchange System). They represent Amtrak Engineering at meetings with federal, state and local governments and commuter rail agencies.  They review engineering designs by consulting engineers for Amtrak projects and for third-party construction on, or adjacent to Amtrak right-of-way.



• Capable of prioritizing work, juggling multiple projects, working independently and delivering designs on time
• Provides leadership and mentoring to the track design team in the review and development of track designs for track renewal and new track construction.
• Enforces quality control reviews and procedures to ensure that track designs meet appropriate standards and is conducive to the safe and reliable operation of all train service over Amtrak owned and operated rail lines.
• Provides guidance and inter-discipline coordination with Amtrak Planning, Amtrak surveyors, other Amtrak engineering disciplines and the Divisions in the development of track alignment designs and plans.
• Conducts field inspections to investigate situations before making engineering recommendations.




• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and at least 10 years relevant, progressive work experience, or
• 15 years of relevant, progressive work experience in track construction and design.
• 8 years of progressive experience in civil/track design on railroad track projects.
• Professional Engineer’s license in one of the States along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.
• Qualified in AMTRAK RWP and AMT II, and NORAC.
• Thorough working knowledge of railroad track horizontal and vertical alignment design.
• Thorough working knowledge of AREMA and Amtrak design criteria, particularly Amtrak Specification 63.
• Thorough working knowledge of AREMA and Amtrak Standard Track Plans.
• Thorough working knowledge of railroad construction practices.
• Thorough working knowledge of Bentley Microstation RailTrack and OpenRail track geometry design CAD software.
• Experienced in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point).
• Experienced in .pdf file review software such as Adobe Acrobat or Bluebeam Revu.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Attention to detail and completeness.



• Participation in AREMA, TTCI, ASCE, or other technical society.
• Experience in track surveying or track maintenance and construction.
• Experience with railroad operations.




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:116999
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; New York
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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