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Electrical Engineering Co-Op- Spring 2020 - 90259765 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 9, 2019

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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.

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Amtrak is looking for an Intern to join our Engineering, Electric Traction department. Amtrak operates and maintains a power network in the northeast corridor that is used to supply trains and other equipment with electricity that is referred to as Traction Power.  Amtrak and its traction power network is analogous to a utility company in that they have transmission lines, distribution lines, generation, and control centers that oversee the power network.  Amtrak’s control centers are the epicenters for the operations and use propriety control systems to manage their Traction Power networks. The selected candidate will be engaged in all levels of the traction power network but primarily be focused on the control centers and generating aspect of the operations for the Electric Traction department.


• Ensuring that safety is paramount for employees and customers.

• Ensuring that the development and implementation of new technology is safe for operations.

• Beta testing of control center software  

• Oversee factory acceptable testing of software and hardware implementation

• Document and record software and hardware issues

• Provide technical support to end users  

• Ensuring that specification and standards are followed

• Calibration of telemetry equipment

• Develop and document procedures used by operations


• Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution.  

• Must be actively pursuing a graduate degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering.

• Must have at least 1 year of academic undergraduate studies completed or a sophomore status at minimum.  

• Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

• Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week between the days/hours of Monday – Friday, 8am –   5pm.


• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, self-starter, motivated individual  

• Demonstrated competency with control systems and basic electrical theory

• Willingness to hold both office and field positions to obtain technical and operational experience

• Willingness to travel

• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks  

• Familiarity with Programming, Windows and Linux-based systems 


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:41277
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

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: Engineering || Engineering

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