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Engineering Management Trainee (Associate Degree) 2024

BNSF Railway
tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance
United States, California, Fresno
3901 E Vine Ave (Show on map)
February 06, 2024

Who are we:

We are one of the largest U.S. railroads transporting the nations freight across 28 western states and 3 Canadian provinces. As a member of our team, you will play a role in supporting the movement of essential products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply, and power communities throughout America and the world. Come make a difference with us!

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MT Program:

The MT Program is a non-rotational program that develops leaders who will drive the future of our organization. It's a paid, full-time program for recent graduates with less than four years of professional work experience. Career opportunities will follow with hard work, the desire to learn, and the ability to develop productive working relationships.

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Work Location:Fresno, CA , San Bernardino, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Billings, MT, Fargo, ND, Mandan, ND, Lincoln, NE, Spokane, WA

Anticipated Start Date: February, June, July & September 2024

Number of Positions:5
Salary Range:$68,850

Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing, and hiring events for this position. Please check your e-mail daily.


  • A candidate must be willing to be relocated to any location across the BNSF system for the training program
  • Once training has been completed, candidates will most likely be relocated again to an assigned, permanent location
  • An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location
  • Relocation assistance may be provided to those who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their permanent residence

The Management Trainee (MT) Program is specifically designed to develop leaders who will drive the future of our organization. This training program is approximately 6 months in length and includes both classroom and on-the-job training. You will gain experience in our Track, Engineering Services, Structures, Signal, Mechanical, Transportation, and Environmental departments. With challenging work, the desire to learn, and the ability to develop relationships, career opportunities are endless.



  • Training lasts approximately 6 months
  • One (1) week orientation conducted at our company headquarters in Fort Worth, TX
  • Three (3) weeks of technical (e.g. rules, safety) and personnel training conducted at our Technical Training Center (TTC) in Overland Park, KS
  • Associated on-the-job field training conducted at assigned location


Engineering Track and Engineering Structure & Services (ES&S):

  • The Track Department is responsible for INSPECTING, MAINTAINING, REPAIRING, AND CONSTRUCTING our track infrastructure which includes rail, ties, and ballast to meet BNSF's standards.
  • Engineering leaders are responsible for the SAFETY of their teams, PLANNING/SCHEDULING of required maintenance and repairs, and VERIFYING the quality of work completed.
  • The ES & S Department is responsible for EXECUTING THE CAPITAL EXPANSION & REPLACEMENT OF BNSF INFRASTRUCTURE & MANAGING PROJECTS interfacing with BNSF right-of-way. Some project types include the expansion of BNSF terminals & hubs, main lines, facilities, the repair & replacement of structures, & oversight of public projects and utility crossings.
  • ES&S leaders are responsible for the SAFETY of their teams, MANAGING THE FINANCES & SCHEDULES of their projects, & COMMUNICATING with project stakeholders.
  • Trainees will shadow positions such as Supervisor Engineering Support, Assistant Roadmaster, Roadmaster, and Division Engineer to gain boots-on-the-ground experience


  • Management trainees will likely be placed in a Supervisor Engineering Support position (career progression after this is employee-driven)-see below for more information on this position
  • Relocation will likely be required upon placement into permanent assignment
  • Trainees will receive a salary increase upon placement into permanent assignment


  • Responsible for supporting 3 functional areas: Track, Signal, and Structures
  • Provide various administrative support functions to the Engineering First Line Supervisor (FLS) including, but not limited to management of scheduled manpower activity, capital plan coordination and oversight, material management, claims management, re-collectible activity management, safety management, equipment, and vehicle fleet management
  • Accurately process and code all invoices within 15 days of receipt and produce accurate reports of cost, vehicle, safety, and flag exceptions for the FLS within the timeframe required by each report
  • Provide leadership vacation relief and weekend coverage
  • This is not an exhaustive list of the position's duties


  • Work in a 24 x 7 operations environment including nights, weekends, evenings and holidays, on-call or available for emergency situations
  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week
  • Work both indoors and outdoors in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet)
  • Work around heavy and moving machinery
  • Workaround electronics, including electric currents
  • Work in and around bridges in elevated locations


  • Frequent and extensive travel over a large geographic region will be required.


  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work.


  • Authorization to work in the US without Company sponsorship nowANDin the future.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Ability to work in a 24/7 environment.
  • Able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required.
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).
  • Able to work in a shop, terminal, or field environment, climb on ladders and walk on uneven surfaces safely.
  • Able to travel up to 75% of the time based on business needs.
  • Able and willing to relocate anywhere on the BNSF Railway operating system (western 28 states) upon hire and to relocate within upon career progression and/or as business needs.
  • Graduating with an Associate's degree from an accredited college/vocational school no later than August 2024 OR I have obtained an Associate's degree within the past four (4) years.
  • Associate degree must be in an industrial trade including, but not limited to Welding, Diesel Engine Repair, Process Tech, HVAC, Automotive Tech, Electrician Tech, Construction Management or other heavy industrial discipline.
  • Anticipate graduating with at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA in the Associate's degree program.
  • Have four (4) years or less of professional work experience, EXCLUDING internships, part-time jobs, or positions held while pursuing a degree in high school and/or college.


  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations
  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles


  • Desire to seek a future Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electrical, Civil, etc.), Logistics, Transportation, Supply Chain Management, Construction Management, Business, OR a similar degree with assistance from BNSF's Tuition Reimbursement program.


  • 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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