General Foreman I/II - 90258914 - Pontiac

Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Pontiac, MI, US, 48342

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.


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.




A General Foreman I is responsible for directing the operation of an area performing inspections, running repairs, maintenance, modifications, and/or light overhauls for cars and/or locomotives in operating divisions and/or to include the utilization of small to large production machinery and materials. This operation includes, but is not limited to, 50 to 75 mechanics, laborers, coach cleaners, technicians, and supervisors and requires the efficient use of personnel, timely performance of work, quality of work, and the financial aspects related to the associated budget. The day-to-day operations includes local commuter, regional and state mechanical efforts to include contractors and various sites under the same parameters.

  • Supervises equipment inspection, maintenance, and repair programs and provides diagnostic and troubleshooting expertise in order to increase equipment availability and reliability.
  • Primary leadership role for his/her shift and/or facility which maintains oversight responsibility to ensure proper communication of mechanical issues, safety issues, material issues, etc.
  • Engagement and utilization of the Safety Management System to identify behavioral, infrastructural, and procedural risks through analysis, assessment, implementation, and execution.
  • Supervises maintenance of rolling stock equipment in accordance with all Amtrak and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees the scheduling and execution of all work orders for assigned equipment including planned corrective and preventive maintenance.
  • Reviews daily reports to ensure all inspection and work order results are properly recorded in WMS with attention to conditions found, performance measurements taken/recorded, symptoms noted, and inspections completed and/or deferred.
  • Monitors availability and reliability metrics and promptly evaluates problem areas.
  • Participates in Maintenance Effectiveness Reviews essential to the Reliability Centered Maintenance program.
  • Ensures foremen and mechanical craft employees are properly trained in inspection, test, and maintenance procedures.
  • Leads and implements inspection and mechanical service-related safety plans and programs.
  • Drives and executes solutions in a timely, solves problems in an effective manner, even under conditions of uncertainty, and exhibits a sense of urgency relating to need for action and change.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate to various mechanical support groups to include but not limited to Labor Relations, Quality Assurance, Rolling Stock Engineering, Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, System Safety, and Environmental as well as other departments (Transportation, Engineering, CNOC, and Onboard Services).
  • Ability to recognize and develop prospective leaders to build a solid team with succession planning for key talent.



  • Associate degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent combination of experience, education, and skills.
  • 3 years of relevant experience required
  • Demonstrated experience working on machinery in an industrial, marine, railroad, or plant environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership/management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in diagnosing and troubleshooting electrical and/or mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience related to safety program methodology and its application.



  • Demonstrated leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Adequate oral and written communication skills in combination to administer effective presentations.
  • Knowledge of accepted industry quality standards and the ISO quality procedure.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of various mechanical crafts and labor contracts.
  • Ability to recognize, implement, and execute opportunities for change designed to address chronic issues and concerns.



  • Analytical skills.
  • PC skills including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software to include but not limited to Microsoft Suite, Asset Management programs, and finance/procurement programs.
  • Ability to be sole supervisor at various times responsible for the operation.


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 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.
  • Will be working around, under, and in various types of passenger cars and locomotives.

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 and/or telephone 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 will occasionally work outdoors and be subject to adverse weather conditions and fumes or airborne particles.
  • Frequently handles multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Occasionally requires working on ladders, with moving vehicles, and with machinery.
  • Frequently or occasionally subject to travel throughout and outside the region as required (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile).
  • Will be required to bend, stoop, or crouch in order to fulfill job duties.



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $92,000 for the General Foreman I and $98,000 for the General Foreman II. 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:160373
Posting Location(s):Michigan
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.