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Manager Trainee - 90243502 - Philadelphia

Date: Jan 12, 2019

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.

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.


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 aligned with a manager for 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 the Engineering Amtrak Manager Trainees (C1): 


Associate Engineer C&S:
• CETC – Work to support the Amtrak Train and Electrification Control (AMTEC) system by updating the track model software design and configuration work supporting new interlocking construction and reconfiguration of existing interlockings, as well as similar technical work to support the expansion of the AMTEC train dispatching system to improve train control functionality across the Northeast and Southeast Divisions. (Computer Engineering or Computer Science)


• Communications – Work with senior staff to review various in-house and third party construction designs and projects to verify compliance with Corporate and industry standards and that there is no conflict with railroad infrastructure or train operations.  Assist management and agreement staff with maintenance and construction of various RF, Telecom and IP Network systems and ensure that the work complies with all Amtrak, industry and regulatory requirements. Create and update technical documents and maintenance records. (Computer, Electrical, Network Engineering or Computer Science)


• PTC - The ACSES Engineer will coordinate all field activities involving vendors and Amtrak forces and provide technical support to Amtrak construction forces. This individual will be responsible to see that ACSES system and equipment specifications are implemented in the field and will create As-Built documents from the completed work.   Additionally he/she will be responsible for training Amtrak force account, maintenance, system monitoring, database maintenance and system troubleshooting and interaction with division management. (in Computer, Electrical, Network Engineering or Computer Science)


• Signals – Work to support both the C&S System Engineering and C&S Divisional Offices.  The primary C&S System Engineering responsibilities includes CADD operations (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting) for new C&S Designs. The primary C&S Divisional Group responsibilities include supporting all efforts for the daily operation, maintenance and repairs of the signal system, ensuring compliance with all FRA and Amtrak standards. (Computer, Electrical, Network Engineering or Computer Science)

• 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 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.

• College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer, Electrical, Network Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited university/college, or equivalent railroad and business experience


• 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:38429
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 75% 

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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