Sr Engineer - Clearance Programs - Philadelphia

Date: Jul 30, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of 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.


This position is a tiered position. Incumbents will have a position level assigned based on their skills and experience, and in alignment with position development plans. Position placement is at Amtrak’s sole and absolute discretion.


Responsible for the implementation and supervision of Amtrak’s Clearance Programs.  Develops, implements and monitors programs or processes for maintaining clearance requirements.  Interfaces with the other disciplines in order to ensure that minimum clearance requirements are met.  Works directly with Transportation for the control and movement of dimensional loads across all Amtrak operated lines. Makes the necessary adjustments and corrections to policies, procedures, systems, and existing programs in order to improve the efficiency of the Clearance Bureau. With respect to track inspection and clearances, ensure compliance with FRA & AAR policies, Amtrak specifications, and state and local ordinances. Provide technical guidance and assistance to engineering managers as they implement new technologies in the area of track maintenance, construction, and clearances.



  • Manage the scheduling and operation of Amtrak’s Clearance Measuring program. Formulate work methods to accomplish same. Interact with other departments, outside agencies, and contract railroads to facilitate efficient and cost-effective inspections.
  • Ensure the timely dissemination of Right of Way and Equipment clearance data to Engineering personnel throughout the Amtrak system.  Interprets, analyzes, and evaluates clearance measurements.
  • Manage Right of Way and Equipment clearance databases. 
  • Assist in the implementation of all corporate policies relating to right-of-way and Equipment Clearances. Ensure compliance with all Federal, State, Local, FRA, AAR, and Amtrak policies and standards. Provide technical guidance to all Amtrak departments regarding the application and interpretation of clearance standards.
  • Provide technical assistance and services during the testing of new track equipment and rolling stock. Work in conjunction with various test teams to establish test parameters and evaluate test results, focusing on the tested equipment’s impact on track structure stability and integrity.




  • BS / AS in Mechanical, or Civil Engineering, or equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.
  • Should obtain qualification in RWP, AMT2, MW1000, and NORAC/GCOR, and maintain these qualifications.
  • Experience in R of W and Equipment Clearances
  • Proficiency in computer use and digital file manipulation.
  • Proficiency in Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. 
  • Cadd operation




  • B.S. in Civil or Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous experience in train operations
  • Previous experience in project construction and design review processes
  • Roadway Worker Protection
  • MW 1000
  • NORAC/General Code Operating Rules
  • AMT II 
  • Travel 25%, primarily on the N.E.C. with occasional cross-country travel
  • May involve night work 




  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:114141
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
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