Sr/Mechanical Engineer - 90339440 - Chicago/Washington

Date: Aug 12, 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. Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer develops maintenance procedures, methods, and engineering specifications necessary for the upgrade of the fleets.  This position manages one or more capital or core programs involving fleetwide modifications, upgrades or acquisitions, and works closely with all maintenance facilities as well as other engineering personnel.  The Sr. Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer applies electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and related experience to diagnose, test and repair systems onboard the legacy and future fleet trainsets.  The Sr. Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer will take direction from the Sr. Manager, Equipment System Engineering to lead key aspects of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) program.



  • Leads complex technical meetings and design reviews.  Manages projects and analyses by utilizing available resources and cross-functional team support on all fleets.
  • Performs failure or root cause analyses of fleetwide equipment safety and service issues; works with the Manager of System Operations and Sr. Manager(s) Equipment Engineering on trainset reliability as a lead System Health Manager.
  • Responsible for developing and/or improving engineering work practices to increase equipment reliability and to modify the maintenance plans in the Work Management System (WMS) using RCM principles.
  • Provides technical guidance, assists and mentors the Service Engineering Team by leading recurring or extensive failure investigations.
  • Manage projects and modifications by designing and implementing equipment upgrades using data to validate evidence of need and benefit for the fleet.
  • Ensures that the troubleshooting event database is regularly analyzed. 




  • 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 practical experience modifying and maintaining existing vehicles or long-lived, complex, capital equipment in an industrial, railroad or marine environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in railway rolling stock maintenance in technical support roles involving inspections, commissioning new rolling stock, troubleshooting, and turn around servicing on late model diesel-electric, electric, or turbine-electric-hydraulic locomotives with microprocessor controls. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the contractual and technical aspects of procurement and vendor interfacing.
  • Must have experience using VOM’s, data loggers, oscilloscopes and AAR or measuring gages; Must be proficient and possess significant experience in data analysis, technical writing and electrical circuit or mechanical drawing comprehension.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading agreement and non-agreement employees within the department.
  • Demonstrate sound leadership, project management skills and be a self-starter. 
  • Ability to work directly on interconnected electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic components onboard the rolling stock in a Maintenance Shop environment
  • Proficiency with computer programs used to troubleshoot, analyze, track, trend and record failures of microprocessor-based systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulations, signal rules, electric traction, NORAC rules related to train operations and physical features of the right of way.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.   
  • Proficient in areas of North American railway safety and regulatory practices including, but not limited to Amtrak, AAR and FRA rules.



  • 5-6 years of relevant experience 
  • Registered Professional Engineer or MS degree in an Engineering discipline
  • Root Cause Analysis or problem-solving specific training and demonstrated experience
  • Proficiency using Amtrak WMS and OMS systems as well as Amtrak Maintenance Analysis Program, Tableau, Microsoft Visio and Standard Maintenance Procedures.
  • Significant experience working with Tier I or Tier II Passenger Equipment
  • Member of AAR, IEEE, ASME, SAE, ASHRAE, or similar technical committees



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:112921
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Delaware; Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; New Hampshire; 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