Surveyor - 90371458 - Philadelphia

Date: Feb 7, 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.


Responsible for performing track surveys and right-of-way mapping work on all Amtrak-owned or maintained properties. The senior field person in responsible charge of all surveying activities while in the field. They coordinate field work with their colleagues in Electric Traction, Signals and Communications, Structures, Division Engineers, Engineering Production and Real Estate. They maintain the equipment. They write and organize all field notes. They develop “cut sheets” for construction layout. Their work is primarily in the field and they will be based out of  Philadelphia PA or Elkton MD.



  • Works autonomously and safely, supervising Amtrak field survey crew or consultant-provided survey personnel in surveying field work.
  • Supervises and performs highly technical survey tasks using mobile surveying solutions, robotic survey equipment, GNSS receiving equipment, data collection devices, digital and optical levels; takes field notes and creates sketches
  • Creates survey plans for transmittal to design team members and the public
  • Responsible for performing track and right-of-way surveys and verifying that the lines and grades of the proposed improvements are within the clearance envelopes and right-of-way boundaries. The surveys include existing track alignment data, topographic surveys in support of track designs; layout in support of track construction and renewal; record surveys of completed work; boundary line surveys along the railroad right of way.
  • Lays out design track geometry in the field for use by track construction and maintenance forces.



  • Professional Land Survey license or registration
  • Fundamental knowledge of general civil engineering principles.
  • Ability to read, understand and produce engineering drawings and documents.
  • Ability to absorb information, think critically and make sound engineering decisions.
  • Willingness to learn CAD software and become a highly skilled technical draftsman.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • Attention to detail and completeness.
  • Valid driver’s license



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geomatics, Land Surveying
  • Participation in a professional survey society.
  • 10 years of relevant, progressive work experience in land surveying.
  • Qualified in AMTRAK RWP and AMT II and MW100



  • This is a flexible position with time allotted to both field and office work.
  • Travel: 30%



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $94,300-$122,256. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:160761
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 

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.