Sr Electrical Engineer - 90032843 - Philadelphia / New England

Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position is available in Philadelphia PA, Providence Rhode Island, Groton/Hamden CT, or Boston, MA.


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.
• Working knowledge of circuit and signal design practices 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.
• Qualified on NORAC, AMT-2 and RWP



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The salary range is $108,000 -$140,000 for the Sr. Electrical Engineer and $93,500 - 121,000 for the Electrical Engineer Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, 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:151803
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Rhode Island
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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