Sr Engineer - 90369207 - Philadelphia

Date: Feb 29, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, 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 responsible for the supervision of the operation of Amtrak Track and Catenary Inspection vehicles. Responsible for the implementation of Amtrak policies relating to right of way inspections and equipment testing.  Ensure compliance with FRA & Amtrak specifications for automated track inspection.




  • Manage the operation of Amtrak track structure assessment and catenary inspection vehicles.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled track geometry and catenary inspections of the N.E.C.
  • Conduct Intercity track geometry and ground penetrating radar inspections as required.
  • Conduct other track and vehicle qualification tests as required.
  • Convey test results to field maintenance personnel to ensure FRA track safety compliance.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of safety, testing, and maintenance activity.
  • Ensure the timely distribution of condition measurement data to Engineering personnel and the engineering systems group
  • Interpret, analyze and evaluate test car data to determine validity of the exceptions, and make recommendations to field personnel regarding remedial action
  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate test car inspection reports and manage car maintenance and calibration to ensure accurate and consistent test data.
  • Ensure test cars are in compliance with FRA and Amtrak inspection and condition requirements.
  • Participate in the development of inspection procedures and practices.
  • Operate self-propelled test inspection vehicle with qualified pilot.
  • Maintain knowledge of Amtrak physical characteristics and operating conditions, and keep abreast of changes in such.




  • Electronic measuring techniques, calibration and troubleshooting
  • Supervision
  • Proficiency in computer use, digital file manipulation, and in the use of software related to engineering analysis.
  • Proficiency in, QNX, Linux, and Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office software.
  • Planning/Scheduling
  • Technical design
  • Must become qualified in RWP, AMT2, M/W100 and NORAC/GCOR and maintain these qualifications
  • Track Engineering for coordination of data and remedial action on track caused issues
  • Mechanical facilities for maintenance of inspection vehicles
  • Transportation for dispatching and routing of inspection vehicles
  • FRA Office of Safety on regulatory matters
  • Host railroads on results of inspections on their territory
  • Technical contractors and consultants for data collection, analyses and characterization, and development of work solutions



  • Railroad track maintenance and inspection
  • Railroad operations and procedures
  • Railroad passenger car maintenance and inspection
  • Roadway Worker Protection
  • MW 1000
  • NORAC/General Code Operating Rules
  • AMT II



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $103,700 - $134,460. 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:160367
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 75% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

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.