Asst Production Engineer (Surfacing) - 90343635 - Thorndale

Date: Jun 26, 2024

Location: Thorndale, PA, US, 19372

Company: Amtrak

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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.



Provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to the Manager Engineering Production for the efficient and cost-effective management of large-scale construction/production work on the right of way. Work in both the office and in the field in all types of weather conditions to support a 24/7 operation.



  • Observe field activities to ensure conformance with safety protocols. Correct activities that do not conform and advise supervision when necessary. Report observations to the Manager Engineering Production and assist in driving improvement in the overall safety culture. Implements safety work plans for the prevention & elimination of personal injuries and hazardous conditions on Amtrak property and the right-of-way.
  • Oversight of numerous work activities. Assists in the planning and execution of projects to meet the defined scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Responsible for QA/QC of project work to ensure final product follows all FRA- and Amtrak-mandated requirements and provides a safe and dependable environment for all train operations. 
  • Coordinate track maintenance and/or construction projects with other internal and external departments. Schedule appropriate labor force levels. 
  • Efficiently plan work and allocate resources to ensure timely accomplishment of tasks.
  • Assist in the planning, procurement and tracking of all materials. 
  • Assist in the development of Site-Specific Safety Work Plans and Emergency Response Plans. 
  • Responsible for tracking and timely reporting of daily production.
  • Assist with incident and injury investigations, including development of mitigations to prevent future recurrence.



  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field, with a minimum of 6 years’ experience.
  • In lieu of education, a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience.
  • Qualified or possess sufficient experience to be qualified in: MW-1000, NORAC, RWP, AMT-2, applicable FRA Rules & Regulations.
  • Must be able to interface with all levels of employees and both external and internal customers. 
  • Must be skilled and experienced with MS Office, creating spreadsheets, presentations, memorandums, and utilizing other applications to perform job functions.
  • Demonstrated experience in all facets of Track inspection, maintenance, and construction including but not limited to rail/CWR, ties, timbers, and track panels as well as working knowledge of other crafts involved.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and applied experience in railroad operations, operating rules, and railroad production work procedures.
  • Possess knowledge of and ability to apply Federal Railroad Regulations including Roadway Worker Protection and those pertaining to 49 CFR 213.118 and Track Safety Standards.   
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or ability to acquire.
  • Held craft positions(s) performing Track inspection, maintenance, and construction.
  • Five years of experience in railroad operations within the Engineering Department.



  • Position is responsible for 24/7 operation.
  • Available to work at various times to support railroad operations as needed including nights and weekends.
  • Combination of office and field environment working in all weather conditions.
  • Travel:  50%.



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary range is $103,700 - $134,460. 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:161654
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.