Hiring Process

BNSF offers many opportunities to help you put your career on track, with a wide range to match all types of experience, training and education – plus equal opportunity for employment. Because our focus is on the safety of our people, our operation and the communities we serve, we have a rigorous application and screening process.

Application Process

Explore our career opportunities to find the best for you. Our career opportunities are updated daily, so be sure to check back regularly for new postings. The first step to being considered for any position is to submit an online application through the website. You must apply to each position and location for which you wish to be considered. BNSF’s main avenue of communication is through email, so be sure to monitor yours daily.

Some positions require an online assessment to advance in the process. Applications are screened for the most qualified candidates to proceed to the next step. You may be contacted for a phone or 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. For Frequently Asked Questions, see our FAQ page.

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer - 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 on the basis of disability. If you are an individual with a disability and wish to request an accommodation to fully utilize BNSF’s application system, please click here.

Pre-Employment Medical Review

The pre-employment medical review allows BNSF to specifically evaluate your capabilities in line with the requirements of the job.

Hiring Process
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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

Pre-Employment Background Review

Information submitted on your application will be verified. Please note that once you submit your application you will not be able to make any changes or updates. Be sure to disclose any and all criminal convictions, traffic violations and employers within the time frames noted on the application. 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.). Click here for more information.