Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a huge operation. Amtrak employs more than 20,000 people, operates on 21,200 miles of track, and runs more than 300 trains each day – connecting over 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2011, which began on Oct. 1, 2010, Amtrak served 30.2 million passengers and had $1.9 billion in ticket revenue. It was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States, and is headquartered at Union Station in Washington.
Amtrak has many opportunities, especially within its police department and its operations departments – specifically, the transportation, engineering, and mechanical departments. Transportation covers everything from ticket agents and station personnel to other public positions such as conductors and locomotive engineers. Mechanical includes locomotive maintenance and car repair. Openings in this area include mechanics and welders. Engineering covers such tasks as maintaining tracks, buildings, bridges, and tunnels as well as many construction projects. Anyone with construction experience or project management should consider looking for positions within this department.
There is a wide variety of jobs to choose from at Amtrak – conductors, machinists, carmen, track workers, sheet metal workers, reservations agents, train attendants, and more. The organization’s biggest need is people who want to become leaders. Amtrak has an aging workforce that is getting ready to retire, and with that comes opportunities for people to step up into jobs with greater responsibility.
Many Amtrak employees are veterans, and the railroad has always been a great place for servicemembers to transition to civilian life. The organization offers the opportunity to come in at the ground level, and advancement is up to the individual.
Amtrak believes veterans make good employees because of the leadership characteristics they acquired in the military. Servicemembers are dependable, disciplined, they follow orders, and they are driven to succeed.