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Mechanical Management Trainee 2023

Date: Aug 30, 2022

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 66106

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.  


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! 


What makes us different: 

At BNSF, we do not just talk about culture, we live it. As a team member here, you would immediately experience how our culture is woven into what we do. Our goal is for everyone to achieve their highest potential by focusing on safety, continuous improvement, plus personal and professional growth. As an employee at BNSF, we have multiple programs to ensure that you will be recognized and appreciated for all your impactful work.  


We also have plenty of developmental opportunities to further your career! Many of our team members joined BNSF and have experienced multiple career paths that were completely unplanned to them. We make development a priority at BNSF. 


We are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture. We have been recognized by multiple organizations such as Forbes (Best Employer for Women and New College Grads), Military Times (Best for Vets), and the Human Rights Campaign (Best Place to Work) for our outstanding culture! 


MT Program: 

The Management Trainee 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. 


Upon arrival at BNSF, Management Trainees receive an overview of our railroad and industry during orientation at our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters. Once the one-week orientation is complete, Management Trainees move into their assigned departments for on-the-job training, if in corporate departments (Accounting/Finance, Corporate Audit, Human Resources, Marketing, Sourcing, or Technology Services). If in an operations department (Engineering, Mechanical, or Transportation), following orientation, you will spend time at our Technical Training Center in Overland Park, Kan., learning to lead a diverse workgroup to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments and goals that are in line with the company's vision. 



  • Be a lifelong learner:  

    • Continue your education or pursue a graduate degree with us! Utilize our competitive tuition reimbursement program 

    • Access to countless career paths! Progress your career through both upward and lateral growth opportunities 

    • We invest in our employees with award-winning annual leadership training and various developmental opportunities. 

  • Annual performance bonus 

  • Three weeks of paid vacation with accrual based on start of employment 

  • Set yourself up for financial success:  

    • Railroad Retirement annuity provides a larger long-term benefit and replaces Social Security 

    • 401k company match starting at 7.5% (with 6% a contribution from you)! 

    • Health Savings Account with company contribution 

    • Save more with access to our free financial resources 

  • Competitive vision, dental, and medical insurance for you and your family. Pet insurance is also available! 

  • Extensive family support resources (including paid parental leave) 

  • Employee assistance programs to aid in work/life situations such as mental health, legal/financial questions, relationship support, and child/elder care plus more! 

  • Safety and performance recognition programs 

  • Access to comprehensive discounts on everyday items such as travel, fitness classes (partnership with Peloton), relocation, car dealerships, and even mortgages! 

  • Get connected! Join any of our company-sponsored business resource groups. There are plenty of networking opportunities within BNSF! 


Work Location: Barstow, CA, Commerce, CA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, Galesburg, IL, Kansas City, KS, Topeka, KS, Minneapolis, MN, Havre, MT, Alliance, NE, Lincoln, NE, Belen, NM, Pasco, WA, Vancouver, WA

*Locations may be updated at any time based on business needs. 


Anticipated Start Date: January, February, June, July, September 2023
Number of Positions: 23
Salary Range: $74,000 


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



A candidate can be relocated to any location across the BNSF system (see System Map on An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. Work assignment could place a Management Trainee anywhere on BNSF's operating system. The training location might differ from the permanent location at the conclusion of the 6-month training period. 



Management Trainees will be assigned to a mechanical facility at any location on the BNSF system. Training for Mechanical Management Trainees is a 6-month-long program. This opportunity begins with a one-week comprehensive orientation at BNSF Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Following orientation, the trainee will complete additional training at the BNSF Technical Training Center (TTC) in Overland Park, Kansas, for safety and technical training. The remainder of the program is completed in the field and at training locations. Overall, the trainee will learn to manage mechanical shop and field operations, work on projects, and prepare for a field operations supervisory position. 

Upon completion of training, key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Directly supervise shop craft employees to safely execute terminal or shop operating plan. 

  • Ensure labor and equipment is positioned to inspect, test and repair equipment to meet the needs of the daily plan. 

  • Prepare and conduct job safety briefings with employees. 

  • Provide periodic updates to the General Foreman to ensure daily plan requirements are met. 

  • Provide technical support to apprentice employees. 

  • Ensure compliance with BNSF’s employment policies, safety rules, scheduled union agreements and Association of American Railroads (AAR)/Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations. 

Additionally, qualified candidates must be able to: 

  • Demonstrate leadership skills in areas or roles outside of normal job responsibilities. 

  • Work effectively with others in a team setting. 

  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner. 

  • Recognize and respond to unexpected situations and tight deadlines effectively and safely.  

  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles. 


*** This role does not involve design of railcars, locomotives, or other equipment



  • Indoors and outdoors on a regular basis in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet). 

  • Environment requires personal protective equipment (i.e., hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, and gloves provided by BNSF). 

  • Work around heavy equipment and moving machinery. 

  • Capable of working in a shop or field environment, climbing ladders and walking on uneven surfaces safely. 



  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week. 

  • Schedule involves nights, weekends, and holidays, as BNSF is a 24 x 7 work environment. 


  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work. 



  • 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA with a degree in Engineering or Construction Management OR a 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA with a non-Engineering degree.  

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Graduate degree from an accredited university to be completed prior to hire OR have obtained a degree within the past four (4) years. 

  • Less than four (4) years of work experience in a professional work environment. When calculating work experience, please EXCLUDE internships or positions held while in high school or college.  

  • Authorization to work in the US without Company sponsorship now AND in the future. 

  • Able to work a minimum of 40 hours per week or more as business need requires. 

  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays on a regular basis. 

  • Ability to relocate within the BNSF Railway operating system to start and/or upon career progression and/or business need. 

  • Able to work in a shop or field environment, climbing ladders and walking on uneven surfaces safely. 

  • Able to travel approximately 10-20%. 

  • Valid Driver’s License. 



  • Degree in Business, Engineering OR a similar technical program. 

  • Experience working in an industrial, manufacturing, or factory environment. 

  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. 


Our Management Trainee program is geared towards recent college graduates with four years or less of experience in a post-collegiate professional work environment. If you have more experience and are interested in BNSF, we encourage you to look at our Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) program or our professional jobs to find what most closely aligns with your experience and skill set. 



  •     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 workplace 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



SF: MO | [[mfield5]] | Operations - Mechanical | Kansas City, KS | 66106 

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