Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process


To be considered an applicant, one must submit an on-line application through the BNSF Careers website. Click on Search Jobs to get started.

BNSF Railway may make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities that may affect their ability to fully utilize BNSF's application system, as required by applicable law. If you are an individual with a disability and cannot fully utilize BNSF's application system due to a disability and wish to request an accommodation, please email us here.

No. At BNSF, we do not accept paper applications or resumes (e.g. faxes, e-mails, etc.). To apply, visit the BNSF Careers website and click on View All Jobs button to get started.

Create or log on to your account. Click the View Profile link, then select the box titled “My Documents”. Click the section for your resume, then click the Browse button to navigate to the resume file on your computer. Click on the file name. Click Upload and you are done.

Note: You must submit your application to a specific job to be considered for that job.

A separate application must be submitted for each job you wish to apply for.

Upon completion of the online application process, applicants receive a confirmation e-mail. At this point, the application is submitted to the job(s) of your choice. Applications are screened for the most qualified candidates to proceed to the next step in the process. To view the status of your application, log into your account and view your candidate profile. Click the box titled “Jobs Applied” This will display a list of jobs you have applied for with your current status.

With regret, due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to personally respond to all applicant inquiries. All candidates will receive an e-mail when their status changes.

Once an application is submitted, there cannot be any changes or edits made to that application. However, if you wish to change your profile information for the future, please log in and enter your user name and password. Click "My Profile" and update your information and click "Save".

In order to complete a new account, you must click the "Read and accept the data privacy statement" link. This will open a pop up window with the BNSF Data Privacy Statement. Please read this statement and at the bottom you will be given an option to Accept or Decline.

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Job Opportunities


Yes. If you do not specify any criteria and click View All Jobs the system will display all current job openings.

BNSF posts positions as they become available. If you do not see the location you are interested in, we currently do not have jobs in that location. Our career website is updated on a daily basis, so check back regularly for new postings. Review the BNSF System map for BNSF operating locations.

BNSF posts positions as they become available. If you do not see the position you are interested in, no jobs are available at this time. Our career website is updated on a daily basis, so check back regularly for new postings.

You may be competing with hundreds of other qualified candidates. Applications are screened for the most qualified candidates to proceed to the next step in the process. With regret, due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to personally respond to all applicants. If selected for an interview, or if additional information is needed, a BNSF representative will contact you directly via email or telephone. All candidates will receive an e-mail when their status changes.

Union agreements require that only promoted BNSF conductors can become locomotive engineers. Should an individual have the long-term goal of becoming a locomotive engineer for BNSF, application must be made to be hired as a conductor through the BNSF Careers website.

Applicants for Train Dispatcher opportunities at BNSF must have prior train dispatcher training or experience. BNSF has partnered with Tarrant County College's dispatcher training program which is available to the public. Certain prerequisites are required for admission. BNSF uses this program as a recruiting source. However, neither TCC, nor BNSF, can guarantee employment on completion of the program. For those interested please visit the program's website and complete an online application. Railroad Dispatcher Training Program

The Resource Protection Team is responsible for all security measures at BNSF, including protecting BNSF people, freight, facilities, and the public BNSF serves. Those interested in employment should have had formal police officer training and preferably be a state certified police officer. If you possess these qualifications and are interested in employment with BNSF's Resource Protection Team, please submit your online application on the BNSF Careers website.

Basic Qualifications


A person must be at least 18 years of age to be employed at BNSF.

Basic qualifications are included in the job posting. To learn more, review the jobs listed on the BNSF Careers website. From here, you will be able to preview the available jobs and view the basic requirements.

BNSF uses a hair test for illegal drugs in its employment application process. Please note that it will be necessary for you to provide a hair specimen for this test, which will test for illegal or illicit drug use in the past 90 days. Hair specimens can be collected from EITHER the head or body and can be taken from several locations to get the required amount necessary for testing. Studies indicate that the head hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month. You will not be able to progress an application for employment unless you are able to provide an adequate hair specimen for testing. More information regarding hair testing