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Track Maintenance & Planning Co-op - Fall 2020 - 90259786 - Philadelphia

Date: Jan 31, 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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  • The purpose of this position is to attract new engineers and to promote careers in railway engineering by providing an entry point for engineers in training. Accepted candidates 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 railway engineering, focusing mostly on track maintenance and construction. 


This co-op is intended to run from approximatley July - December 2020.



  • Rotate through various sub-groups of the Track Department.
  • Assist Track Geometry group with testing, inspections, clearances, curve modification design and capital maintenance planning.
  • Assist Survey group with on-track survey operations .
  • Attend office meetings, field meetings, and conference calls.
  • Assist in the management and supervision of engineering resources in the field such as rail grinding, Sperry car testing, concrete tie inspection, and vegetation control.
  • 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 Engineering safety standards, work procedures, and operating practices.
  • Other specific work assignments may be determined based on the planned headquarters.


  • Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution.  
  • Actively pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at an accredited educational institution 
  • At least one year of undergraduate study completed or 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.


•  Prior work experience in design, maintenance, or construction.

•  Previous construction or railroad industry experience.

•  Specific interest or desire to work in the railroad industry. 

•  Sophomore or junior status preferred

•  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. 

•  Some experience with CAD software (Microstation and/or AutoCAD)

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:41233
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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