Sr Principal Engineer Electrical - 90364953 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 18, 2023

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.



  • The Senior Principal Engineer (Electrical) will function as an engineering design expert for Amtrak’s Major Stations, which include Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore and Newark.  
  • The incumbent shall have a thorough and demonstrated knowledge of Rail Station electrical systems design and construction.
  • This position requires the ability to work independently to oversee design projects and design consultants from inception through completion, collaborate with stakeholders and project partners, build consensus, and to ensure design compliance with industry and Amtrak standards and best practices.
  • The incumbent will work out of the central Systems Office and collaborate with Major Stations project teams to oversee consultant designs and/or execute portions of in-house design work.




  • Oversee and provide direction for all technical matters as design progresses from concept through delivery on multiple projects in parallel. 
  • Ensure project compliance with Amtrak standards and guidelines and all applicable federal/state/regional regulatory agency requirements. Ensure alignment with project scope and limitations. 
  • Work with project delivery teams to oversee design consultants and contractors.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders (including customer service, operations, planning, real estate, engineering, transportation, local and state agencies, FRA, FTA and other partners as required) to determine project needs and priorities – while understanding budget and schedule restraints. 
  • Review, analyze and report on all project documents, including proposals, reports, schedules, estimates, value engineering proposals, etc.  
  • Support construction administration activities. Review field installation, RFIs and shop drawings. Assist in punch lists and project closeout activities. 
  • From time to time, analyze issues, perform research and develop white papers/reports to communicate design strategies, address project issues, issue directives to consultants, project teams, or stakeholders, etc.
  • Develop station and facility design standards via collaboration with other Amtrak stakeholders. 
  • Provide mentorship and delegate experience-appropriate tasks to direct and indirect reports.
  • Prioritize safety and security, sustainability, resiliency and customer experience.  
  • Identify, document, and implement Amtrak’s requirements into projects. Mitigate disagreement through research, partnering and consensus. 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. A combination of education and experience will be considered.


MIMINUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Thorough knowledge of building design procedures, building M/E/P systems, building materials and systems, construction procedures and detailing.  Proficiency with the design and delivery process from inception through closeout.   
  • Demonstrated expertise in delivering solutions which integrate the most up-to-date codes and standards into major transportation hubs.
  • Working knowledge of rail infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated experience with complex building design and construction. 
  • Working knowledge of specialties impacting design, such as SHPO, NEPA, TVRA, sustainability and resiliency standards, etc.
  • Candidates shall have experience on all phases of multiple discipline projects and various contracting strategies including DBB, DB, PDB and CMAR.
  • The incumbent shall be capable of building rapport through the utilization of graphic, verbal, written, and other forms of communication.  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Primavera or Microsoft Project as well as the ability to be trained and become familiar with Amtrak’s requirements, systems, and software.



  • Demonstrated experience/familiarity with building systems beyond Electrical, including mechanical, plumbing and fire life safety systems
  • At least 15 years’ professional experience in electrical engineering, including at least 10 years in the transportation industry and/or complex building environment.
  • 10+ years history as a licensed Professional Engineer.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI), Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Understanding of railroad business functions, operations, and design and construction processes.
  • Previous railroad projects including stations, facilities, and properties.




  • 80% office, 20% field
  • Occasional travel to various major stations



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $119,080 - $154,330 for the Principal Engineer position and $133,833 - $159,951 for the Sr Principal 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:159835
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
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.