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Principal Mechanical Engineer Facilities - 90290803 - Philadelphia

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Your success is a train ride away.

Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of our employees.

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Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Principal Mechanical Engineer Facilities - 90290803 - Philadelphia

This position is responsible to program and direct the design of upgrades and state of good repair improvements for Amtrak’s Facilities nationwide. This includes managing project development, design, and specification writing with internal staff and external architecture/engineering firms and consultants. 

The position collaborates and partners with both internal and external stakeholders, including law, real estate, transportation, mechanical, engineering, local and state agencies / utilities, the FRA, and freight and commuter railroads, to execute the troubleshooting, scoping and design phase of Engineering and Mechanical programs in support of new business initiatives, energy conservation projects, and state of good repair projects on a priority basis. 

This position will lead the design of individual projects (including field evaluations, scopes of work, specifications, budgets, and schedules) and development of design standards and specifications associated with facility design. 

This position collaborates with internal departments to establish a state of good repair program for both Passenger Rail Maintenance facilities which consist of maintenance yards and shops that include utilities such as fueling systems, locomotive sand loading systems, compressed air, pumps, piping, 480 Volt power, control systems, HVAC, cranes, drop tables, and other equipment required to service railroad rolling stock.  Additional projects may involve crew quarters, commissaries, offices and other miscellaneous structures which will include multi-discipline oversight, coordination and review.

• Lead the design of individual projects including requirements gathering, site evaluation, scope development, schedule, budget, plans, and specifications while ensuring alignment and collaboration between groups.
• Manage external engineering resources for the completion of detailed design and construction documents    
• Create and lead capital program projects to support new initiatives, energy conservation, and state of good repair by functioning as sole point of contact for all design phase and construction phase EOR support activities.
• Lead the review of engineering designs prepared by outside agencies, for projects to be constructed on Amtrak property, to ensure compliance with Amtrak and industry standards.
• Provide technical expertise to field engineering and maintenance staff.
• Provide technical support during construction and respond to submittals, RFI’s, and change order requests.
• Self-perform design services on small Facility design projects with limited oversight.
• Maintain concise and up-to-date scope / schedule / budget status summaries for inclusion in the Facilities Database as part of internal and external stakeholder communications.
• Work collaboratively with Amtrak Project Delivery personnel to integrate the design work into the greater construction programs as well as facilitate fiscal year forecasting and lookahead

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mechanical preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training and relevant experience.
• Licensed Professional Engineer.
• Minimum of seven years of relevant experience.
• Extensive infrastructure experience in maintenance, planning, design, construction, and project / program management for facilities, preferably in a railroad environment
• Extensive experience in management and leadership of multi-discipline design leveraging outside architecture and engineering consulting firms.
• Extensive understanding of building codes, design specifications, and recommended practices for mechanical equipment, controls, and power sources.
• Demonstrated experience working in a matrix organization.
• Demonstrated experience in developing biddable design and construction documents and procurement packages.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, collaborative and relationship building skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside an organization.
• Must be able to initiate work from a bare problem statement and perform / manage all investigation, design and contract packaging to drive toward an efficient result with minimal impact to railroad operations.
• Understanding of passenger railroad operating environments.

• Prior work experience as an Owner’s Representative performing all phases of development including planning, scoping, budgeting, estimating, constructing, and close out in a fast-paced environment with projects ranging in size and complexity.
• Prior design experience with building electrical system and controls.
• Familiarity with large scale historically sensitive facilities.
• Knowledge, understanding and prior experience of passenger rail operations and infrastructure requirements
• 9 years relevant experience

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:55841
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to 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.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical



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