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Management Trainee* - Mechanical - 90241181 -

Date: Jan 22, 2019

Location: US

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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.

Are you ready to join our team?

This position may be located in New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE; or other locations within Amtrak’s Operation.


Summary of Duties:
The Amtrak Manager Trainee Program is an aggressive, fast paced program designed to accelerate future leaders into management professionals at Amtrak. This program gives college graduates an opportunity to gain a broad perspective and valuable experience in a series of rotation assignments throughout the organization. It offers assignments which allow employees to train, develop, and grow professionally while making meaningful contributions to the organization. Through the program, the trainee will have the opportunity to build a solid record of accomplishments and gain a broad-based perspective of the company. The program ranges from 12-24 months in length depending upon career track and performance. 


The beginning of the program includes orientation and multiple training requirements. During this portion of the program, trainees will participate in meet and greets with executives and department heads, as well as receive tours at several facilities, shops and stations across Amtrak’s footprint. The first few months of the program will consist of classroom training at our state-of-the-art training facility located in Wilmington, DE, as well as on-site operational training across multiple Amtrak locations. A series of rules qualifications will be taught, and comprehension assessed in order to continue successfully in this program. Each required rules training will include classroom learning followed by an exam, then immediate job shadow to observe each corresponding area in order to see firsthand what each department entails and understand how those rules apply. 


Once the orientation, rules training and observation rotations are complete, trainees will move into advanced rotation assignments. A minimum of three assignments is required and will be selected for each trainee based on previous experience and business need. Trainees are placed one-on-one with an Amtrak manager, in order to gain a more detailed understanding of each position. 


The final phase of the program includes placing the trainee into an assistant manager role that is aligned with a manager from the position in which the trainee will fit best. This is determined by a combination of feedback from managers during advanced rotations, and business needs. Once in the assistant role, the trainee will then be placed on a fast-track development plan to transition into the final role in which they have trained for. 
Typical first assignments for Amtrak Manager Trainees include: 


Assistant General Foreman – Oversee mechanical work associated with Amtrak’s Acela, Northeast Regional and Long Distance trains by working in our mechanical facilities. Work with our mechanical teams maintaining trains for strong, reliable performance on the railroad. 


Mechanical or Electrical Engineer – Systematically researches problems, analyzes failures for root causes, and designs solutions while distinguishing between routine troubleshooting and genuine systemic problems.  Works with Mechanical forces to troubleshoot problems and implement design changes system-wide.


Service Engineer – Diagnoses causes of malfunctions across all rolling stock systems to properly troubleshoot technical issues.  Works alongside Mechanical forces to correct failures and helps design long-term solutions within Rolling Stock Engineering.


• College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical or Civil Engineering from an accredited university/college, or equivalent railroad and business experience
• Commitment to complete a 12-24 month minimum program
• Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays
• Demonstrate leadership skills in areas or roles outside of normal job responsibilities
• Work effectively with others in a team setting
• Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner


• Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment
• Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills
• Military graduate will be considered
• Ability to work a defined work day and work shifts as needed
This program requires extensive travel. An ideal candidate should be flexible to travel to any Amtrak location nationwide. 
A candidate can be relocated to any Amtrak location.   An ideal candidate should be flexible regarding location.   The assignment locations may differ from the permanent location at the end of the program. 
No vacation exceptions permitted within the first 6 months of hire.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Currently accepting applications and interviewing now for June 2019 start date. 


Candidates who apply to this posting may be contacted now or at a later date when a position becomes available.

Requisition ID:37423
Posting Location(s):Delaware; District of Columbia; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia
Personnel Area:US01
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:Up to 75% 
Employment Experience Requirements:1 - 3 years of experience

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. 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: Mechanical || Mechanical

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