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Intern - Mechanical - 90241363 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

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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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The purpose of this position is to attract new engineers and to promote careers in rolling stock engineering by providing an entry point for engineers in training. The accepted candidate for the position will have the opportunity to apply their engineering skills in both the office and field, and to gain firsthand work experience in the various aspects of rolling stock engineering on Amtrak’s passenger car fleet.  


The candidate will be expected to assess and re-design the current Viewliner II undercar protection.  A successful re-design will judged by its reduction in costs and improved durability, while still maintaining or improving functionality, ease of installation, and aesthetics.  The analysis and re-design will be primarily done in Solidworks and will be followed up with vendor selection, prototyping, and testing.  Field measurements and union employee input will be collected during redesign as well, sometimes requiring day travel to rail yards in New York City or Washington, DC.  Successful completion of this task will be summarized in a presentation to senior leadership detailing the savings and improvements.


In addition to the above project, the candidate will also work one on one with a Senior Mechanical Engineer to assist support for Philadelphia’s Keystone Service.  This work will entail non-routine troubleshooting and failure analysis, inspections, documentation review and writing, and smaller component re-design.  Candidate will be expected to communicate with shop management and leadership as well as shop technicians and repairmen.

• Assist the Rolling Stock Engineering group with equipment design and troubleshooting.
• Assist the Rolling Stock Engineering group with testing, inspections, and design of operating and capital maintenance planning. 
• Assist in the analysis of failure data, physical components, system design, and input from maintenance personnel to determine root cause of failures.
• Attend office meetings, field meetings, and conference calls.
• Assist in the development and release of work instructions, maintenance procedures, modifications, models, drawings, and/or schematics.
• Assist in providing technical, logistical, and administrative support to ensure the successful completion of assigned project tasks within scope, schedule and budget. Receive instruction on and become familiar with Mechanical safety standards, work procedures, and operating practices.
• Other specific work assignments may be determined based on the planned headquarters.

•    This position begins Summer/May 2019


• Must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

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

• 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

•  Available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week between the days/hours: Monday-Friday, 8a-5p

• Previous heavy machinery or railroad industry experience.
• Specific interest or desire to work in the railroad industry.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



Requisition ID:37526
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Personnel Area:PA08
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:High School/GED
Travel Requirements:None 
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: Engineering || Engineering

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