General Foreman II - 90001519 - Wilmington

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, US, 19802

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.


A General Foreman is responsible for directing the operation of an area of major overhaul, major repair, and/or component backshop, including efficient use of personnel, timely performance of work, quality of work, and financial aspects of the associated budget.  This operation includes, but is not limited to numbers of mechanics, laborers, and technicians using large and small production machinery and substantial amounts of material.



•Manages equipment overhaul and repair programs, manages production resources, and provides diagnostic and troubleshooting expertise in order to increase equipment availability and reliability and meet production goals.
•Executes complex production plans for rolling stock and its components in accordance with all Amtrak and regulatory requirements as well as safety and passenger aesthetic requirements.
•Functions in primary leadership role for his/her shift and coordinates efforts with Rolling Stock Engineering, Materials Management, and Terminal Operations while maintaining oversight responsibility to ensure proper communication of mechanical issues, safety issues, material issues, etc.
•Oversees the scheduling and execution of all work orders for assigned equipment including overhauls, modifications, campaigns, wreck repairs, corrective repairs and planned preventive maintenance activities.  Assures major work and overhaul activities are performed in accordance with project scope of work and associated bills of material.
•Reviews daily reports to ensure all inspection and work order results are properly recorded in WMS with attention to conditions found, performance measurements taken/recorded, symptoms noted, and inspections completed and/or deferred.
•Reviews and analyzes production, man-hour, material, and variance reports on a timely basis to assure completion of projects within goal and on time.
•Monitors availability and reliability metrics and promptly evaluates problem areas.
•Participates in Maintenance Effectiveness Reviews essential to the Reliability Centered Maintenance program.
•Ensures foremen and mechanical craft employees are properly trained in inspection, test, and maintenance procedures.
•Implements inspection and mechanical service related safety plans and programs.
•Takes initiative for solving problems in a timely, effective manner, even under conditions of uncertainty, and exhibits a sense of urgency relating to need for action and change.



•Associate’s degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent combination of experience, education, and skills.

•Demonstrated experience working on machinery in an industrial, marine, railroad, or plant production environment.
•Some leadership/management experience.
•Demonstrated experience in diagnosing, troubleshooting and/or overhauling electrical and/or mechanical systems.
•Some knowledge and experience related to safety program methodology and its application.
•Solid leadership and decision making skills.
•Solid organizational and problem solving skills.
•Ability to administer effective presentations.
•Knowledge of accepted industry quality standards and the ISO quality procedure.
•Understanding and working knowledge of various mechanical crafts and labor contracts.
•Ability to recognize opportunities for change designed to address chronic issues and concerns.
•Some analytical skills.
•PC skills including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.


•Knowledge of FRA, FDA, AAR, APTA, EPA, FTA, and OSHA Standards and Regulations.
•Knowledgeable in railway and rail transit rolling stock equipment.
•Experience in repairing and overhauling passenger cars, diesel locomotives, and electric locomotives.
•Some supervisory experience in an operating environment.



Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $98,000. 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:157249
Posting Location(s):Delaware
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for 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.

POSTING NOTES: Mechanical || Engineering & Mechanical