Machinists Journeyman - 90337237 - Rensselaer

Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Rensselaer, NY, US, 12144

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 inspection, testing and maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock equipment in accordance with FRA and Amtrak standards and guidelines.



  • Performs inspection, testing and maintenance repair of locomotive diesel engines, components and running gear in accordance with 49CFR regulations and Amtrak standards and guidelines
  • Responsible for mechanical repairs to drive systems, wheels/wheel sets (trucks), suspension and other components of the propulsion system. 
  • Diagnose, test, repair of air systems, and air brake equipment.
  • Preventative maintenance of locomotives; move Locomotives
  • Operates lifting/hoisting equipment; Knowledge of internal combustion engines (diesel theory)
  • Troubleshoots equipment to determine corrective actions and causes of equipment failures.
  • Calibrates pressure switches and valves in compliance with 49CFR and Amtrak established standards.
  • Maintains proper care and use of materials, test equipment, machines and hand tools normally associated with assigned job



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of technical school or apprenticeship program preferred.
  • Experience in troubleshooting, repair, replacement or rebuilding mechanical equipment and systems
  • Prefer welding and cutting experience 
  • Experience in the maintenance of railroad equipment preferred



  • Knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings 
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of electrical tools, equipment and the measurements necessary to meet established standards
  • Some computer skills
  • Ability to read, write and communicate proficiently
  • Required to wear safety apparel and equipment when necessary. 
  • Shop, field, train or yard locations with moderate to high noise level, lighting of various degrees, floors of carpet/metal and various heat/cold conditions and inclement weather.
  • Will frequently be required to bend, stoop, stand and climb in performing daily tasks and activities 
  • Must have visual acuity and hearing capability to perform the essential functions of the job unless other vision or hearing standards are required by law 
  • Must have ability to distinguish and separate sounds around machinery and tools
  • Must be able to work safely around loose materials, uneven surfaces and metal plates and equipment 
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push or pull loads in accordance with all applicable safety rules


The hourly rate is $27.64 - $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.