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Amtrak Plans Hiring Events to Fill Vacancies

Workers at Amtrak’s Beech Grove, Ind. heavy maintenance facility rebuild a Superliner dining car in 2016. Amtrak employs more than 4,000 workers nationwide in a wide range of disciplines. (Bob Johnson)

WASHINGTON — Amtrak will host more than 50 hiring events in its next fiscal year to fill more than 4,000 available positions nationwide in a wide range of disciplines.

Many events and positions will be concentrated in Los Angeles; Seattle; New Orleans; New York; Washington D.C.; Chicago; Oakland; Philadelphia Cream; Miami; and Wilmington, Delaware. A series of online hiring events are also planned for August and September, starting with the “Hiring Our Heroes — Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing” event on Thursday, August 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT. A full list of these events is available here, along with additional information.

The starting salary for onboard service positions is $21 per hour; mechanical positions include journeyman electrician jobs starting at $34.07 per hour. The company also offers hiring bonuses and relocation packages for critical positions.

“As we connect communities, economies and families, Amtrak employees have a meaningful opportunity to engage in truly meaningful project work,” Qiana Spain, executive vice president and chief human resources officer . “As our recruiting teams lead the way in selecting Amtrak’s top talent, I am proud to lead such remarkable hiring efforts.”

Beyond these 4,000 full-time positions, the company also offers paid internship programs and apprenticeship programs for entry-level skilled workers. [see “Amtrak receives FRA funding for apprenticeship program,” Trains News Wire, June 9, 2022]. Company benefits information is available here; more information about job opportunities and events is available on the Amtrak Careers website.

The company has struggled to fill positions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which it laid off about 1,200 employees and initiated buyouts for more than 500 others. Staff and equipment shortages on board – the latter mirroring staff shortages at company maintenance facilities – have led to train cancellations or frequency reductions, shortened trains and other impacts on the exploitation [see “Delayed return of ‘Cascades’ to Canada shows Amtrak employment challenges: Analysis,” News Wire, May 19, 2022].

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