Sr Field Engineer - 90304961 - Lancaster

Date: Jul 8, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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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 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. 

Assist in the management of the day-to-day operations of the Track Department, including the inspection, maintenance, and construction of tracks, turnouts, and drainage improvements. Daily tasks will include responsibilities in both the office and the field in all types of weather conditions to support a 24/7 operation. Territories are the Philadelphia and Wilmington subdivisions of the Mid-Atlantic Division. Reports to the Assistant Division Engineer. 



  • Direct the Track Department's resources and responsibilities for all Track inspection and maintenance activities within the territory. 
  • Participate in planning and implementation of maintenance and construction programs for the Track Department. Plan all construction phases for the installation of new track infrastructure.
  • Coordinate maintenance and construction projects with other departments and agencies.
  • Coordinate and schedule all work activities for major track outages in conjunction with various departments including communication & signals, track, structures, and transportation, to accomplish and adhere to established work schedules
  • Ensure regulatory inspections are compliant with Amtrak policies and the FRA CFR. Comply with FRA, local, and national codes for construction and maintenance of bridges and track infrastructure.
  • Monitor procurement status of all material and ensured proper installation of material. Ensure the proper delivery, storage, and installation of materials as well as the performance of any contracted services. 
  • Communicate with the system design office and provide technical support in the field for all maintenance and construction activities. Remain available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and interruptions to the operations. Support planned work on weekends and nights in the field.
  • Schedule technical training, safety training, safety compliance training, and physical exams for all direct reports.
  • Observe field activities to ensure conformance with safety protocols and correct activities that do not conform when necessary. Report observations to drive improvement in the overall safety culture. Implement safety work plans for the prevention and elimination of personal injuries and hazardous conditions on Amtrak property and the right-of-way. Monitor work performance on the right-of-way and recommend use of new material and technical procedures.
  • Assist with the initiation and development of the division’s 1 year and 5-year capital plans. 
  • Investigate accidents and respond as required. 
  • Ensure compliance with current collective bargaining agreements and recommend formal discipline as warranted.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent work experience and training in position of similar capacity with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.
  • In lieu of education, a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience. 
  • Qualified or possess sufficient experience to be qualified in: BMWE labor agreement, FRA Regulations, RWP, NORAC, AMT2, and MW1000.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and ability to interface with all levels of employees including both external and internal customers. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and applied experience in railroad operations, operating rules, and divisional operating processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management including scheduling, budgeting, estimating, and coordinating efforts with other technical disciplines. 
  • Demonstrated skills and experience with MS Office, creating spreadsheets, presentations, memorandums, and utilizing other applications to perform job functions.
  • Valid driver’s license.



  • Possess strategic and tactical skills required for planning and executing complex project work. 
  • Strong leadership required, encompassing effective communication, motivation, and team building/team performance skills.
  • Strong Safety Focus.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Ability to work under tight time constrains, pressure, and multiple priorities.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent work experience and training in position of similar capacity, with a minimum of 6 years of experience.
  • In lieu of education, a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or ability to acquire.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience preferred.



  • Combination of Office and field (primary) environment. 
  • Position is subject to respond to emergencies in all weather conditions 24/7.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $100,000 - $110,408 for the Field Engineer position and $115,000 - $126,969 for the Sr Field Engineer position. 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:161969
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania

Work Arrangement:[[cust_workarrangment]] 
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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.