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Mgr Trainee (Mechanical)- 90262196 - Washington

Date: Oct 24, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001 

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. 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 due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


The Amtrak Management Trainee Program is an aggressive, fast paced program designed to accelerate future leaders into management professionals at Amtrak. The program gives college graduates an opportunity to gain a broad perspective and valuable experience in a series of rotation assignments throughout the organization.


The program 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 solid record of accomplishments and gain a broad-based perspective of the company.


The program ranges from 6-18 months (about 1 and a half years) in length depending upon career track and performance. The winter cohort will start on January 22, 2024, and the summer cohort will start on June 10, 2024.


Typical first assignment for Amtrak Mechanical Trainee includes:

  • General Foreman I/II – Manage a gang of 15-30 Amtrak agreement employees who maintain rolling stock equipment. Gangs typically consist of 1 to 2 agreement supervisors who assist in managing the operation. Positions could include Service and Inspection, Preventive Maintenance, and Overhauls. General Foreman’s responsibilities include oversite of the availability, reliability, and performance of the fleets. General Foremen are responsible for the accountability and safety of their team. All General Foreman roles are progress/Tier roles with an 18-month progression plan.
  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineer – Systematically researches problems, analyzes failures for root causes, and designs solutions while distinguishing between routine troubleshooting and genuine system problems. Works with Mechanical forces to troubleshoot problems and implement design changes system wide.
  • Service Engineer – Diagnose causes of malfunctions across all rolling stock systems to properly troubleshoot technical issues. Works alongside Mechanical force to correct failures and helps design long-term solutions within Rolling Stock Engineering



  • Prior to program start date, applicant must be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial) or Construction Management from an accredited university/college, or equivalent railroad and business experience
  • Commitment to complete an 18-month 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
  • Willingness to travel, primarily on the Northeast Corridor
  • Demonstrate strong communications skills
  • Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Military graduate will be considered
  • Ability to work defined workday and various work shifts as needed (including nights and weekends)

MINIMUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to respond positively to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to build relationships with all levels of the organization and communicate complex information effectively.
  • Superior analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledgeable about project management principles and practices.



  • Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work defined workday and various work shifts as needed (including nights and weekends)
  • Military graduate will be considered




  • This program requires extensive travel. An ideal candidate must be flexible to travel to any Amtrak location nationwide.
  • A candidate can be relocated to any Amtrak location. An ideal candidate must 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 into the program
  • Combination of office and field (primary) environment


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:160167
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Human Capital 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 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, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

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 EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.