Boilermaker - 90174275 - Rensselaer

Date: Apr 13, 2024

Location: Rensselaer, NY, US, 12144

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

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.


Are you ready to join our team?

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 metal fabrication and welding of rolling stock equipment and components in accordance with AWS D15.1, FRA and Amtrak standards and guidelines.   

  • Conducts shielded metal arc or gas metal arc welding processes with low carbon steel, medium carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. 
  • Performs maintenance in accordance with AWS and 49CFR regulations and Amtrak standards.
  • Fabricates fitting of weldments or pieces to be welded with metal machinery such as shear, brake, roll, ironworker, drill press, radiac saw, band saw, used for cutting, bending, drilling, shaping, rolling and punching. 
  • Performs various welding operations and thermal cutting to include: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, oxy/acetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting and carbon arc gouging.
  • Welds with 4’ X 8’ plate ranging from one-eighth to unlimited thickness. 
  • Welds with stock to include I-beam, channel, square tubing, angle iron, flat bar, round stock of various sizes. Uses electric and pneumatic grinders, drills and small tools. 
  • Performs truck and bolster repair, side frames, gear pans, cut levers, coupler repair, draft gear wear plates.  
  • Uses overhead cranes for lifting of metal plates and structural steel. 
  • Reads blueprints and drawings and works from design and layout of templates and fixtures. 
  • Maintains proper care and use of materials, test equipment, machines and hand tools normally associated with assigned job.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience in heavy welding and metal fabrication
  • Must Successfully complete training and attain/retain certification applicable to assigned job
  • Knowledge of crane operations, power tool usage, machine operations (shear brake, ironworker and radial saws), hydraulic equipment operation, and electric, air and battery-operated drills
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of electrical tools, equipment and the measurements necessary to meet established standards
  • Skill in thermal cutting – oxy/acetylene, plasma, carbon arg, tig, stick, mig welding, chain & sling – rigging equipment
  • Ability in metal identification, test equipment operation, blue print analysis, and equipment assembly
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate proficiently
  • Some computer skills



  • Completion of technical school or apprenticeship program.
  • Experience in the maintenance of railroad equipment.
  • American Welding Society (AWS) certification.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The hourly rate is $33.17 - $36.85 (with opportunity for increases, as per the applicable collective bargaining agreement, after beginning employment). Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan; life insurance; paid time off; reimbursement of education; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Some benefits are subject to the collective bargaining agreement. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

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.