Test Mgr ICT - 90354830 - Philadelphia

Date: Jun 3, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The Intercity Trainset Test Manager provides technical assistance to the Amtrak Intercity Trainset program as required, focusing on testing requirements outlined by the technical specification as well as the Code of Federal Regulations.  The Test Manager will participate in design reviews, first article inspections and oversee overall testing requirements of the trainsets for suitability and compliance with industry requirements and technical specifications. The Test Manager leads the development and execution of the overall testing plan to ensure the equipment meets all applicable laws and regulations to safely operate our new equipment on the railroad.  Testing shall include system and component level tests, vehicle level tests, and trainset tests. This role will also include oversight of final inspection/commissioning as the new trainsets are delivered.



  • Develop a strategy to ensure that all applicable testing requirements are met.
  • Perform static and dynamic tests on the new equipment at both the carbuilder’s facility as well as at the testing facility in Pueblo, CO and the Northeast Corridor.
  • Develop and review comprehensive testing report packages for submittal to external agencies such as the FRA.
  • Monitor and oversee system type testing and first article inspections, including coordination of resources and deliverables before and after each event.
  • Participates in the design review process to ensure carbuilder’s proposed designs adequately address the technical specification and industry standards for passenger rail equipment systems to ensure reliable, safe and functional operations. 
  • Leveraging engineering principles, providing engineering solutions that further develop the overall design of the Intercity Trainsets
  • Provides design improvements related to equipment design concerns.
  • Participates in field tests, safety inspections, and warranty programs for the Intercity Trainset program.
  • Participates in FRA, IEEE, and APTA matters as required.
  • Systematically researches problems, analyzes failures for root causes and designs solutions while distinguishing between routine troubleshooting and genuine systemic problems.
  • Works together with CNOC to schedule and perform testing throughout the Amtrak network.
  • Reviews and improves (where possible) operator and maintenance manuals and instructions.  
  • Reviews and approves test procedures and technical manuals; assist as needed with equipment tests



  • BS degree in Engineering discipline or demonstrated experience in static and dynamic testing
  • Seven (7) years relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience in Amtrak or Class 1 railway rolling stock maintenance in technical roles involving inspections, commissioning new rolling stock, troubleshooting, and turnaround servicing.  The experience should include previous work with static and dynamic testing.
  • Demonstrated experience in system-level and vehicle-level testing on new vehicle procurements.
  • Demonstrated experience in railway (or another industry) quality control.  
  • Ability to read and understand electrical schematics and mechanical drawings for troubleshooting.
  • Ability to independently resolve technical problems and be proficient in technical correspondence.
  • Knowledge of CFR testing requirements as well as all applicable Amtrak requirements.  
  • Knowledgeable in areas of North American railway safety and regulatory practices including but not limited to AAR, FDA, FRA and Transport Canadian rules.
  • Elementary knowledge of environmental regulations, signal rules, electric traction, NORAC rules related to train operations and physical features of the right of ways.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Capable of effectively working with all skill and education levels
  • Project management and analysis skills.
  • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft computer software such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Projects. 
  • Capable of developing, reviewing and implementing procedures, modifications, and specifications. 



  • MS degree in an engineering discipline or PE license.
  • Nine (9) years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of the CFR-238 and basic qualifications. 
  • Significant engineering experience with a railroad or other technical agency.
  • Familiarity with UIC standards applicable to railway equipment.
  • Membership in an AAR, IEEE, or ASHRAE technical society.
  • Working knowledge of Amtrak systems.


Physical Demands:

  • Constantly or frequently uses a computer keyboard, monitor and mouse to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Routine work in a shop and yard environment, assisting in troubleshooting, working on or under rolling stock.


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.
  • Working Conditions:
  • 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 handles multiple projects simultaneously.   
  • Subject to 50% travel throughout and outside the United States as required (e.g., via train, airplane, automobile).
  • Subject to routine night testing depending on when the railroad can be available to perform dynamic testing. 


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $114,580 - $148,500. 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:157790
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
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 it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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 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.

POSTING NOTES: Mechanical || Engineering & Mechanical