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General Foreman - 90263143 - Washington

Date: Nov 13, 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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A General Foreman is responsible for directing the operation of an area of major overhaul, major repair, and/or
component backshop, including efficient use of personnel, timely performance of work, quality of work, and
financial aspects of the associated budget. This operation includes, but is not limited to, numbers of mechanics,
laborers, and technicians using large and small production machinery and substantial amounts of material.



  • Manages equipment overhaul and repair programs, manages production resources, and provides diagnostic and
  • troubleshooting expertise in order to increase equipment availability and reliability and meet production goals.
  • Executes complex production plans for rolling stock and its components in accordance with all Amtrak and
  • regulatory requirements as well as safety and passenger aesthetic requirements.
  • Functions in primary leadership role for his/her shift and coordinates efforts with Rolling Stock Engineering,
  • Materials Management, and Terminal Operations while maintaining oversight responsibility to ensure proper
  • communication of mechanical issues, safety issues, material issues, etc.
  • Oversees the scheduling and execution of all work orders for assigned equipment including overhauls,
  • modifications, campaigns, wreck repairs, corrective repairs and planned preventive maintenance activities.
  • Assures major work and overhaul activities are performed in accordance with project scope of work and
  • associated bills of material.
  • Reviews daily reports to ensure all inspection and work order results are properly recorded in WMS with
  • attention to conditions found, performance measurements taken/recorded, symptoms noted, and inspections
  • completed and/or deferred.
  • Reviews and analyzes pro duction, man-hour, material, and variance reports on a timely basis to assure
  • completion of projects within goal and on time.
  • Monitors availability and reliability metrics and promptly evaluates problem areas.
  • Ensures foremen and mechanical craft employees are properly trained in inspection, test, and maintenance
  • procedures.
  • Implement s inspection and mechanical service-related safety plans and programs.
  • Takes initiative for solving problems in a timely, effective manner, even under conditions of uncertainty, and
  • exhibits a sense of urgency relating to need for action and change.



  • “Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience considered in lieu of degree”
  • “Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required (7 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree)” Demonstrated experience working on machinery in an industrial, marine, railroad, or plant productionenvironment.
  • Some leadership/management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in diagnosing, troubleshooting and/or overhauling electrical and/or mechanical systems.
  • Some knowledge and experience related to safety program methodology and its application.
  • Solid leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Solid organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in combination to administer effective presentations.
  • Knowledge of accepted industry quality standards and the ISO quality procedure.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of various mechanical crafts and labor contracts.
  • Ability to recognize opportunities for change designed to address chronic issues and concerns.
  • Some analytical skills.
  • PC skills including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software



  • Knowledge of FRA, FDA, AAR, A PTA, EPA, FTA, and OSHA Standards and Regulations.
  • Knowledgeable in railway and rail transit rolling stock equipment.
  • Experience in repairing and overhauling passenger cars, diesel locomotives, and electric locomotives.
  • Some supervisory experience in an operating environment.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills

Requisition ID:41801
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
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: Mechanical || No Additional

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