Lead/Sr Construction Specialist - 90165823 - Trenton

Date: Apr 3, 2024

Location: Trenton, NJ, US, 08609

Company: Amtrak

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The Lead Construction Specialist is responsible in assisting in the management and oversight of all Capital Construction and I&C (Individual & Companies) Projects within the NY Portfolio of Capital Construction. The Lead Construction Specialist of Capital Construction reports to the Manager of Capital Construction for the New York Portfolio. This position will be Amtrak’s on-site representative during the construction phase of projects and works directly with field supervisors and contractors. This position will act as liaison with contractors, design consultants and clients to ensure construction activities support project requirements. The general duties of this position will be to assist the NY Portfolio to construct a project in accordance with specifications and to monitor/report on production metrics that provide the required data to help the project meet its established scope, schedule, and budget. This position has a combination of office and field environment. This position is subject to respond to emergencies in all weather conditions 24/7. This position requires overnight, and weekend coverage based on project schedule



• Coordinates work activities, track outages, and power outages with various Amtrak departments including Transportation, Track, ET, and C/S.
• Organizes and attends project site walks with contractors and various Amtrak department personnel. 
• Provides constructability reviews of design plans and all construction phase submittals associated with the Project. 
• Prepares force account estimates and project estimates and schedule. 
• Works with Project Manager to ensure the project is executed in accordance to the agreed upon scope, costs and schedule.
• Reviews daily production reports. 
• Provides weekly updates to the project manager on the status of project, including any issues that occurred.
• Provides formal monthly project status reports addressing actual and forecast costs and schedules, change of status, etc. to the Program Manager of the project.
• Attends progress meetings and report on project status.
• Works with Project Manager to review requests for change from the field and, if appropriate, prepares a potential change notice with appropriate justification for submission to PM.
• Assists in the management of agreement employees and field personnel. 
• Prepares and reviews Safety Site Specific Work Plan (SSSWP) to ensure safety of the job. 
• Reviews contractors’ design submittals and works with system office and NY Division ADEs 
• Performs daily safety audits and takes corrective actions to improve safety. 
• Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the corporation's safety vision and goals.
• Conducts monthly safety meetings and safety stand downs with the force account. 
• Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment while complying with all of Amtrak’s safety rules, policies, and procedures.




• BS degree in engineering, construction management or related field, or the equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities under tight constraints. 
• Must have the ability to coordinate efforts with other technical disciplines and have knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, and estimating. 
• Possess strategic and tactical skills required for planning and executing complex project work. 
• Strong leadership required, encompassing effective communication, motivation, and team building/team performance skills.
• Strong Safety Focus.
• Knowledge of RWP, AMT II, NORAC, applicable FRA rules and regulations, OSHA requirements and other federal, state, and local regulations and standards sufficient to ensure compliance.
• Demonstrated experience in using PC-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) sufficient to prepare effective business analyses and presentations.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 
• Valid driver’s license 



• Practitioner experience with construction and construction management.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of Amtrak standards (MW1000, Engineering Practices, NORAC, AMT-1, AMT-2) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Safety Standards and OSHA.
• Demonstrated construction experience in a railroad environment.
• Licensed as professional engineer or architect.
• Certified Construction Management (CCM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification 


This position will work 4 days in the office and 1 day remote.  Flex due to project.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $78,600-$101,844 for Sr position and $94,300-$122,256 for the Lead.  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:161343
Posting Location(s):New Jersey
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 

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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.