Hiring Process

Application Process


The first step for BNSF employment consideration is to submit an online application. Applicants must apply to each position and location for which they wish to be considered. Make sure to complete all fields thoroughly.

BNSF communicates with applicants by email. When waiting for a response from our team, monitor your email daily and check your junk folder for emails from bnsf.com.

Some positions require an initial online assessment. Applications are screened for the most qualified candidates to proceed to the next step. You may be contacted for a phone, virtual, in-person interview or invited directly to a hiring event. Those with successful interviews are extended conditional offers and then prompted to complete the pre-employment medical and background review.

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or any status protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against. If you are an individual with a disability and wish to request an accommodation to fully utilize BNSF’s application system, please see our FAQs.

Career opportunities are updated daily.

Pre-Employment Medical Review


The pre-employment medical review allows BNSF to evaluate a person’s capabilities in line with the requirements of the job.

You may be asked to complete one or more of the following during the medical review:

  • Medical History Questionnaire
  • Urine and/or Hair Drug Screen
  • Vision and Color Acuity Test
  • Hearing Test
  • Physical Exam
  • Thorough review of medical information and records by BNSF Medical Team
  • Physical Capabilities Test

If you are required to take the Physical Capabilities Test, please watch this video so you’ll know what to expect.

Pre-Employment Background Review


Information submitted on your application will be verified. Please note that once your application is submitted you will not be able to make any changes or updates – be thorough and accurate. In the event we are unable to verify your employment, you will be required to provide adequate documentation (W-2, 1099, Schedule C's, pay stubs, invoices, etc.).