Sr/Mechanical Engineer, Waste Systems - 90339438 - Washington DC/Chicago

Date: Nov 7, 2022

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20018

Company: Amtrak

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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.

The Sr. Maintenance/Mechanical Engineer is responsible for performing all technical management of Waste Systems. The engineer must plan, coordinate and help execute all aspects of Waste maintenance programs with Maintenance and Operations personnel. The Sr. Maintenance/Mechanical Engineer develops maintenance procedures, methods, and engineering specifications necessary for the maintenance of all legacy and future rolling stock.




  • Leads complex technical meetings. Prepares data-supported analysis, reports, and specifications in support of safety, reliability, and availability.
  • Interprets machine output data for trends to proactively identify Waste issues to prevent non-compliant defects.
  • Performs failure or root cause analyses of equipment safety and service issues; works with the Manager of System Operations and Sr. Manager(s) RSE Equipment Engineering on trainset reliability as a System Health Manager.
  • Reports on Waste Systems conditions as necessary to regulatory agencies such as the FRA. 
  • Analyzes Waste Systems defects to develop/ document quality initiatives, and improve engineering work practices to improve the maintenance plans in the Work Management System (WMS) using RCM principles.
  • Required to support Waste Systems throughout the Amtrak System to ensure vendor compliance and cover warranty issues.




  • 3 years of relevant experience 
  • BS Degree in Engineering or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of rolling stock mechanical and equipment systems with problem-solving skills related to wheels and bogies.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to troubleshoot wheel true functions and read measuring devices such as mini-profs, calipers, micrometers, etc. in order to identify machine faults before major problems arise.
  • Demonstrated ability to trend and predict component wear with a high level of accuracy through analysis of raw data and measurements
  • Experience in working effectively with agreement and non-agreement employees.
  • Demonstrate sound leadership, and project management skills and be a self-starter. 
  • Thorough knowledge of FRA and AAR regulatory rules as they relate to rolling stock equipment.
  • Experience with wheel truing machine operations and maintenance procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of locomotive and car mechanical systems.
  • Constructive problem-solving skills, including demonstrated equipment troubleshooting skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • PC skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, electronic work management and scheduling systems.




  • MS Degree in Engineering or related discipline.
  • 5-6 years of relevant experience
  • Railroad or rail transit-related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in wheel true operations, quality auditing and operator training.
  • Significant experience working with Tier I or Tier II Passenger Equipment.
  • Experience demonstrating knowledge of QA Standards including ISO 9000, AAR M-1003, MIL STD 9858A.
  • Proficiency using Amtrak WMS and OMS systems as well as Amtrak Maintenance Analysis Program, Tableau, Microsoft Visio and Standard Maintenance Procedures.



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:112881
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Delaware; Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Wisconsin
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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.

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.

POSTING NOTES: Mechanical || Engineering & Mechanical