Duties/Responsibilities: This position is responsible for the safe switching of railcars and movement of trains across the BNSF system.
Safety: Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns and taking appropriate action.
Communication: Obtain and receive information and act upon oral or written instructions by communication devices such as pagers, radio and telephone. Monitor and report on daily work performed.
Train Operation: Climb on and off equipment, set or release hand brakes, couple and uncouple air hoses between rail cars, remove and replace broken knuckles (75lb railcar connector), ride moving cars by hanging on grab irons, or ladders. Observe, interpret and relay hand, lantern, and other signals affecting the movement of the train, judge and control the speed and clearance distance of cars and distinguish among colors and see at night.
Switching Functions: Operate track switches and derails to change routing of engines or cars within yards or on the road. Check switch points to make sure switch is properly aligned.
Train And Equipment Inspections: Make decisions about switching, spotting cars and making up the train. Observe and monitor track conditions (e.g. broken rails, defective switches, weather-related problems). Inspect cars in conformance with Federal Railroad Administration Regulations. Observe the condition of passing train and report results to appropriate personnel.
The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.
• 18 years of age or older.
• High School diploma or GED.
• BNSF is a drug-free company and employees will be subject to random drug tests.
• Willing to submit to an employment, criminal and driving background review.
• Available to work in the geographic area indicated.
• Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English.
• Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions: (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).
• Work on-call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be able to report to assigned work location within 90 minutes of notification. Work may be seasonal based on the weather or business conditions.
• Available to travel to job sites in the region, and remain on site (overnight) for extended periods, sometimes days at a time.
• As a primary recall location, should there be a need for conductors at posted location during the first five years of employment as a conductor; the individual must understand that he/she will be subject to recall to this location, regardless of where he/she may be working at that time.
• Able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds frequently, up to 60 pounds occasionally and up to 75 pounds infrequently.
• Ability to see and interpret hand signals from near and far; visually distinguish among red, blue, green and yellow colors; visually judge the speed and distance of moving objects; see at night; hear, and, with training, distinguish auditory signals.
• Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling.
• Able to perform work on uneven surfaces; frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment; work on top of locomotives and other equipment.
• Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools.
• Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner.
Training: Company paid on-the-job and classroom training for up to 17 weeks at the location hired.
Relocation: Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Work Conditions: Extreme all-weather conditions; un-even surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.
Probationary Period: 60 Days
Seniority District Transfers: Seniority District transfers will not be approved until you have been employed in this position for a minimum of three years.
Travel: Frequent. May be away from home terminal for extended periods of time.
Shifts/Hours: Position requires full time employment which includes working on-call (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), including nights, weekends and holidays. Must be able to report to assigned work location within 90 minutes notification.
Union: United Transportation Union
Dues: Per the collective bargaining agreement, union membership and monthly dues are required.
Background Investigation Elements:
• Extensive criminal history review.
• Verification of last 7 years of driving and employment history to include military service.
• Social Security number verification
• Academic and Education verification
• Pre-Employment Medical Qualification Process (to include, but not limited to: medical history questionnaire; and BNSF required drug screen)
Drug Test: BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place. 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 www.tsa.gov/twic.