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Principal Electrical Engineer - 90191730 - Philadelphia

Date: Jan 13, 2020

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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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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:This position is to assist with the maintenance and operation of the Amtrak-owned traction power conversion facilities and coordinating maintenance at the utility-owned conversion facilities on the Northeast Corridor. Position also assists with managing and maintaining the existing control systems and associated field equipment serving the power dispatching offices. 


  • Execute capital upgrade programs and maintenance programs relating to the frequency converters and SCADA system
  • Provide training to employees on the operation and maintenance of the frequency converters and SCADA systems used.
  • Performs field audits and provides expert advice to ensure compliance with engineering practice and policy
  • Work with electric traction operations, maintenance, design staff and other departments to ensure a safe and reliable power network 
  • Provide data and assist with root cause analysis on electric traction system outages and failures 
  • Respond to emergency calls involving the frequency converters or SCADA systems
  • Report on assigned projects including progress, budgeting, forecasting, and scheduling


  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Demonstrated experience with railroad electric traction systems, frequency converters, SCADA control systems, PLC’s and RTU’s.
  • Experience with word processing, trending, spreadsheets, databases, graphic development, CADD and programming.
  • 9 years of experience in the operations and maintenance of power generation, frequency conversion or large electrical facilities



  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:42791
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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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