Sr Maintenance Engineer - 90335141 - Phil/NY/WAS/WIL

Date: Dec 1, 2023

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 can be located in Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C. or Wilmington, DE



The Senior Maintenance Engineer develops maintenance procedures, methods, and engineering specifications necessary for the maintenance of  locomotive equipment.  The Sr. Maintenance Engineer applies electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and related theory to diagnose, test and solve advanced technical problems for onboard equipment.  The Sr. Maintenance Engineer will take direction from the Sr. Mgr. Equipment Engineering and lead projects and processes to implement and improve the safety, compliance, quality, reliability, and maintainability of equipment across the Amtrak system. 



  • Provide advanced field and technical assistance to terminals and maintenance facilities 
  • Trends failure analyses and delay metrics for management on equipment reliability and service issues and makes recommendations to address as necessary; works with the Mechanical Operations team for equipment availability. 
  • Responsible for developing and/or improving maintenance procedures and work practices to increase equipment reliability and to modify the maintenance plans in the asset management system
  • Support authorizing component upgrades, updates and replacements, including qualifying vendors and products with engineering documentation and drawings reviews as necessary.
  • Develop and review technical specifications and procedures for equipment and systems for both Amtrak and state rolling stock equipment.
  • Designs and implements Condition Based Monitoring programs and practices.



  • Bachelor's Degree required or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Demonstrated Root Cause Analysis or other problem solving training and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in transportation, aeronautical, or heavy equipment engineering.
  • Demonstrated practical experience modifying and maintaining existing vehicles or long-lived, complex, capital equipment in an industrial, railroad or marine environment.
  • Must have experience in using VOM’s, data loggers, oscilloscopes and AAR or measuring gages; Must be proficient and possess experience in technical writing, spreadsheet and database manipulation.
  • Knowledgeable in CAD software.



  • Ability to work directly on electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic components onboard the rolling stock in a Maintenance Shop environment.
  • Ability to create bills of materials, presentations, reports, troubleshooting guides and other formal documentation with little assistance. 
  • Proficiency with computer programs used to troubleshoot, analyze, track, trend and record failures of microprocessor based systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of environmental regulations, signal rules, electric traction, NORAC and equivalent rules related to train operations and physical features of the right of way
  • Knowledge of accepted industry quality standards and the ISO quality procedure.
  • Excellent written, oral and public speaking communication skills.   
  • Knowledgeable in areas of North American railway safety and regulatory practices including, but not limited to the Code of Federal Regulations, AAR, and APTA



  • 6 or more years of experience preferred
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Demonstrated Project Management experience.
  • Experience in working effectively with agreement and non-agreement employees.
  • Demonstrated experience in the contractual aspects of procurement.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Supervisory or Team Manager experience
  • Member of AAR, APTA, IEEE, ASME, SAE, ASHRAE, or similar technical committees
  • Experience working with Tier I or Tier II Passenger Equipment


Physical Demands:

  • Constantly or frequently uses a computer keyboard, monitor and mouse to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Constantly or frequently sits, stands, walks, and may lift, carry, push, or pull objects of various weights; may reach, kneel, crouch, bend, or twist in order to in order to perform administrative tasks (e.g., filing, retrieving materials from desks and bookcases, moving around an office setting).   
  • Will be in the field subject to walking on uneven surfaces, climbing over obstacles, and working in tunnels and restricted spaces during the course of investigations.   
  • Will be in the field working around maintenance facilities and rail yards during the course of investigations and remediation implementation.

Mental Demands:

  • Constantly communicates, comprehends, and responds to verbal statements and instructions, both orally and in writing.
  • Frequently acquires new knowledge, skills, and tasks, both complex and simple, in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Frequently resolves problems with conflicting priorities in cognitively demanding situations. 
  • Frequently reads and analyzes hard copy and or computer screen material and writes reports as appropriate. 
  • Conducts in person, telephone and/or public dialogues as appropriate in order to manage and conduct the flow of work.

Working Conditions:

  • Constantly works long hours as required; works extended hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Constantly works in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment with frequently changing priorities.
  • Frequently works in crisis situations requiring fast, long-reaching decisions based on incomplete information/data.
  • Frequently works inside a climate-controlled environment but may occasionally work outdoors and be subject to adverse weather conditions and fumes or airborne particles.
  • Frequently manages multiple projects simultaneously.   
  • Frequently or occasionally subject to travel throughout and outside the region as required (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile).



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $94,830 - $122,900, 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:159538
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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.