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Summer 2023 Intern - Advanced Train Control Systems Engineer

Date: Dec 1, 2022

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 34071:


Job Description:


The Advanced Train Control Systems teams design the applications that enforce protections of  train movements for safe operations.  These applications encompass the signals and switches along the rail, the locomotive technology, and their wireless communication layer.  The primary application is Positive Train Control, PTC.


Here is a short video and article describing the scope of PTC:


As an intern working with the Positive Train Control team, you will assist System and Data Engineers confirm that rail signals, switches, and locomotives are effectively protecting certain train movements through onboard system testing and data analysis.

System testing will allow the intern hands-on operation of a virtual locomotive to verify system requirements are met.

Data analysis will allow the intern the opportunity to build both tactical and strategic dashboards exhibiting the effectiveness of the involved systems.  Example analysis includes:

  • Onboard System – evaluate train crew interaction with the software, locomotive faults, speeds, train tonnage over geographical areas, or fuel efficiency impact
  • Wayside System – evaluate radio signal reception in geographic areas or asset uptime metrics by manufacturer
  • Back Office Server – evaluate dispatcher and train crew system integrations and verify risk mitigations of the closed systems


Work Location: Our Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia 


  Pursuing a Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree

  • Preferred Degree Paths: Business Administration, Business Analytics, Management Information Systems, Business Administration - IT, BS Industrial Engineering - Analytics



  • Freshman Year  $3,430

  • Sophomore Year $3,768

  • Junior Year         $4,107

  • Senior Year         $4,347

  • Masters Year      $5,126

  • PHD Year             $5,960

Other Pay/Benefits:

  • Pay one time roundtrip mileage for out of area students

  • $425/bi-monthly housing stipend for out of area students (Not prorated)




Company Overview



Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and, gender identity. Together, we power progress.



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Nearest Major Market: Atlanta