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Conductor Trainee - Everett, WA

BNSF Railway
medical insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, 401(k), relocation assistance
United States, Washington, Everett
Sep 28, 2023

Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.

Job Location:Everett
Other Potential Locations:Everett, WA
Anticipated Start Date: 12/11/2023
Number of Positions:5
Salary Range: Entry rate is approx. $221/day, with an average annual salary of $70,000 - $82,000.

The average daily rate while in training as a new hire conductor will be approximately $221 per day, or $27.68 per hour (based on 8 hour basic day shift). On average, employees starting out as new hire conductors will earn $75,000 per year following training, and holding a regular assignment. Based on job selections and seniority at your location, earning potential for experienced conductors could grow to $94,000+ depending on hours worked and other factors. Based on staffing needs and seniority, a conductor will be required to complete required training to promote to a locomotive engineer position. Based on seniority and job selection, many engineers will often earn$135,000 - $145,000 due to work opportunities at their location. Again, this is an average based on hours worked, pay rates, and other factors.

Read below to learn more about our industry leading benefits package.

All communication with applicants will be done via email. Please check your email on a daily basis.

Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety andservice that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight. Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.

What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion.As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serveand through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.


At BNSF, Safety is a core value of how we do business.Each and everyday, our employees are committed to approach one another about safety, which is key in realizing our vision. Employees are also expected to comply with company and federal safety & health regulations, safety rules & policies, as well as procedures that guide work practices to reduce risk to exposure. Such work practices include but are not limited to wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns, and taking appropriate actions in the event of an emergency.


This position is responsible for safely switchingrailcars and safe train movement.Additional responsibilities include the following:


  • Obtain and receive information and act on oral or written instructions byvarious communication devices

  • Monitor and report daily work


  • Climb on/off equipment, set/release hand brakes, couple/uncouple air hoses, remove/replace brokenrailcarknuckle, ride moving cars byholdingontograb irons or ladders

  • Observe, interpret and relay hand, lantern, and other signals for train movement

  • Judge and control speed and clearance distance of cars


  • Operate track switches and derails to change train routing within yards or on road

  • Check switch points for proper alignment


  • Switch, spot cars and determine train make-up

  • Observe and monitor track conditions (e.g. broken rails, defective switches, weather-related problems)

  • Inspect cars per federal regulations

  • Observe and report on passing train conditions

The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for this position. This is not an exhaustive list of the position's duties.


  • Extreme all-weather conditions

  • Walk and perform work onuneven surfaces

  • Safety sensitive work environment

  • Loud noise and fumes

  • Work on and aroundheavy and moving machinery


  • Full-time (40hrs/wk)

  • Subject to on-call (24/7), nights, weekends, and holidays

  • Work in geographic area as posted and report to assigned work locationwhen notified


  • Frequent

  • Travel to and remain on designated seniority region for days at a time


  • At least 18 years of age, or will be by the start date listed above

  • Ability to report for duty at the designated work location

  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions

  • Able toworkthe above shift/hours

  • Able to meet the above travel requirements

  • Abilityto read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English

  • Ability to lift and carry up to80pounds

  • Ability to see, learn, andinterpret hand signals from near and far; visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow and lunar (clear light); visually judge speed and distance of moving objects; see at night

  • Ability to discriminate and differentiate between verbal and non-verbal sounds (signals, alarms, etc.) in the work environment

  • Abilityto visually distinguish and differentiate colors on computer display screens

  • Abilityto use handsand use hand toolsto perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling

  • Abilitytoclimb ladders and get on/off equipment

  • Abilitytowork at various heights above the ground including on locomotives, railcars and other equipment

  • Abilitytobend, lift, walkandstandoccasionally with breaks

  • Ability tositfrequentlywith breaks

  • Follow safety policies and procedures; wear required personal protective equipment


  • Company-paid on-the-job and classroom training for up to 17 weeks and may include travel to BNSF's Training Center in Overland Park, KS


  • Relocation assistance isnot available



  • Dues required per union agreement


  • 60 days


  • Transfereligibility varies by location

  • May require up to 3 yearsofemployment and General Manager approval


BNSF provides you with a.

You have access to medical insurance for you, your spouse, and eligible dependents on the first day of the calendar month after you are employed. After one year of employment, you are eligible for dental and vision insurance to cover yourself and eligible dependents, at no cost to you.

Benefits include:

  • Medical
    • Pharmacy
    • Telemedicine
    • Second opinion services
    • Cardiac center of excellence
    • Health coach / experts that can help you find the right care
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to help you save money for medical, dental, vision, and childcare expenses
  • Opportunity to purchase Berkshire Hathaway Stock
  • 401(k) plan to help you save for your retirement
  • Sickness Benefits through Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
  • Discounts on gym memberships, fitness classes, travel, moving, mortgage lending, pet insurance and more.

BNSF pays for the following benefits:

  • Vacation, Holidays, Personal Leave Days
  • Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Family support benefits: pregnancy and infancy support, adoption and surrogacy reimbursement

BNSF supports growing families by providing access to adoption and surrogacy assistance with financial reimbursement up to $5,000, pregnancy support and dependent care location services.

We're invested in you - in your growth. If you are pursuing a degree, or would like to in the future, BNSF offers a tuition reimbursement program to support your individual growth.

As a railroader, you earn a Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) annuity rather than a Social Security benefit, and you and BNSF pay RRB taxes (Tier 1 and Tier 2) rather than Social Security taxes.RRB taxes are generally higher, which means you'll receive a higher monthly benefit amount in retirement than if you were receiving Social Security. Unreduced RRB benefits become payable as early as age 60 with 30 years of rail service (as compared to reduced Social Security benefits at age 62).

Additional information about these benefits can be found at.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen.
  • Criminal history
  • Last 7 years of driving history
  • Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  • Social Security number
  • Education
  • Medical evaluation
  • Drug Screen
  • Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place 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 BNSF safe and drug free.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at .

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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