Sr Electrical Engineer Signal Design - 90232986 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 13, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The number one goal of this position is to provide a safe and reliable railroad transportation signal system. This position is responsible for and provides engineering for the complex projects and studies required to repair, rehabilitate, or construct Amtrak Communication & Signal facilities and systems. This position provides technical expertise to other departments and makes engineering decisions for the C&S Department and their staff upon request. Participates in the development of standard procedures and practices to be used in signal design. Participates in the development of standard contract documents used in the design of signals. This position is responsible for design of circuits and software for railroad signal systems (switch machine control circuits, home networks, energy loops, relay racks) for interlockings, highway crossings, automatic signal locations, cut sections, and electric lock locations to ensure compliance with Federal and Amtrak’s standards and policies using Microstation. Participates in project design meeting, reviews SOW, and provides detailed comments.


• Must be capable of developing solutions to individual circuit problems.
• Maintains documentation of all comments regarding of plans, both internal and external.
• Assist field personnel in handling problems encountered during signal cutovers and is responsible to revise design plans to reflect as-in-service changes or modifications.
• Assists field personnel in performing quality control pre-testing on signal systems.
• Attends simulation, factory pretest, cut overs, and assists in the development of these procedures.
• Prepares aspect charts to show the signal orientation.
• Ensures C&S design files database is currently and properly maintained.


• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with six years relevant experience or ten years equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Demonstrate experience in signal design, technical supervision, technical design, design software, project management, railroad maintenance, and construction methods and planning / scheduling.
• Strong working knowledge of railroad signal circuit plan symbols, nomenclature, and circuit logic. Working knowledge of railroad circuit design as applied in signal systems and Knowledge of PTC design concepts and processes.
• Working knowledge of circuit and signal design practicesdesign concepts and processes. of predecessor railroads.
• Knowledge of C&S equipment (relay racks, batteries, etc.)
• Knowledge of how to calculate braking distances of trains.
• Knowledge of mathematics and Boolean algebra as it applies to relay logic.
• Knowledge of how to translate computer programming into circuit plans or relay logic.
• Knowledge of Amtrak’s interlocking layouts and physical characteristics.
• Knowledge of FRA standards, rules, and regulations.
• Knowledge of software system design concepts, and processes.
• Must be qualified on NORAC, AMT-2 and RWP.
• Prior satisfactory job performance is required.
• Demonstrated experience in communication orally and in writing within and outside of the organization.
• 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 eight years relevant experience or twelve years equivalent combination of education, training and experience
• Extensive experience in writing and checking railroad train control software programs.
• Extensive field knowledge of train control construction and maintenance practices.
• Experience using Bentley Microstation Applications.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


Requisition ID:58904
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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