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$15,000 Hiring Bonus-Conductor Trainee - Creston, IA

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Creston, IA, US, 50801

Company: BNSF

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Job Location: Creston
Other Potential Locations: Creston, IA 
Anticipated Start Date: 12/19/2022
Number of Positions: 9 
Salary Range: Entry rate is approx. $220/day, with an average annual salary of $70,000 - $82,000.

 

The average daily rate while in training as a new hire conductor will be approximately $220 per day, or $27.50 per hour (based on 8 hour basic day shift).   On average, employees starting out as new hire conductors will earn $75,000 per year following training, and holding a regular assignment.   Based on job selections and seniority at your location, earning potential for experienced conductors could grow to $94,000+ depending on hours worked and other factors.    Based on staffing needs and seniority, a conductor will be required to complete required training to promote to a locomotive engineer position.  Based on seniority and job selection, many engineers will often earn $135,000 - $145,000 due to work opportunities at their location.  Again, this is an average based on hours worked, pay rates, and other factors.

 

Read below to learn more about our industry leading benefits package. 

 

All communication with applicants will be done via email.  Please check your email on a daily basis.

 

 

Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.

 

What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 

We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.

 

SAFETY: 

At BNSF, Safety is a core value of how we do business. Each and every day, our employees are committed to approach one another about safety, which is key in realizing our vision. Employees are also expected to comply with company and federal safety & health regulations, safety rules & policies, as well as procedures that guide work practices to reduce risk to exposure.  Such work practices include but are not limited to wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns, and taking appropriate actions in the event of an emergency. 

 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES 

This position is responsible for safely switching railcars and safe train movement. Additional responsibilities include the following: 

 

COMMUNICATION 

  • Obtain and receive information and act on oral or written instructions by various communication devices 

  • Monitor and report daily work 

 

TRAIN OPERATION 

  • Climb on/off equipment, set/release hand brakes, couple/uncouple air hoses, remove/replace broken railcar knuckle, ride moving cars by holding onto grab irons or ladders 

  • Observe, interpret and relay hand, lantern, and other signals for train movement 

  • Judge and control speed and clearance distance of cars 

 

SWITCHING FUNCTIONS 

  • Operate track switches and derails to change train routing within yards or on road 

  • Check switch points for proper alignment 

 

TRAIN AND EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS 

  • Switch, spot cars and determine train make-up 

  • Observe and monitor track conditions (e.g. broken rails, defective switches, weather-related problems) 

  • Inspect cars per federal regulations 

  • Observe and report on passing train conditions 

 

The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for this position. This is not an exhaustive list of the position’s duties. 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

  • Extreme all-weather conditions 

  • Walk and perform work on uneven surfaces 

  • Safety sensitive work environment  

  • Loud noise and fumes 

  • Work on and around heavy and moving machinery 

 

SHIFTS/HOURS 

  • Full-time (40 hrs/wk) 

  • Subject to on-call (24/7), nights, weekends, and holidays 

  • Work in geographic area as posted and report to assigned work location when notified 

 

TRAVEL 

  • Frequent  

  • Travel to and remain on designated seniority region for days at a time 

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS 

  • At least 18 years of age, or will be by the start date listed above

  • Ability to report for duty at the designated work location 

  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions 

  • Able to work the above shift/hours  

  • Able to meet the above travel requirements 

  • Ability to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English 

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 80 pounds 

  • Ability to see, learn, and interpret hand signals from near and far; visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow and lunar (clear light); visually judge speed and distance of moving objects; see at night 

  • Ability to discriminate and differentiate between verbal and non-verbal sounds (signals, alarms, etc.) in the work environment 

  • Ability to visually distinguish and differentiate colors on computer display screens 

  • Ability to use hands and use hand tools to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling 

  • Ability to climb ladders and get on/off equipment 

  • Ability to work at various heights above the ground including on locomotives, railcars and other equipment 

  • Ability to bend, lift, walk and stand occasionally with breaks 

  • Ability to sit frequently with breaks  

  • Follow safety policies and procedures; wear required personal protective equipment 

 

TRAINING 

  • Company-paid on-the-job and classroom training for up to 17 weeks and may include travel to BNSF's Training Center in Overland Park, KS

 

RELOCATION 

  • Relocation assistance is not available  

 

UNION 

  • SMART-TD or BLET 

  • Dues required per union agreement 

 

PROBATIONARY PERIOD 

  • 60 days 

 

SENIORITY DISTRICT TRANSFERS 

  • Transfer eligibility varies by location 

  • May require up to 3 years of employment and General Manager approval 

 

HIRING BONUS

 

All TYE new hires in Creston,IA are eligible for a $15,000 hiring incentive - payable over ten (10) months in two equal installments of $7500 available for candidates who meet all qualifications below:

  • Offered a position and successfully complete the pre-employment process
  • Successful completion of the first four months of new-hire training and service to be eligible for the first $7500 installment
  • Complete 6 additional months of active service at the hired location to be eligible for the second $7500 installment.

This incentive will include a 3-year hold-down.  Leaving the location or job for any reason (including relocation of more than 100 miles from the headquartered location) will result in 100% repayment and forfeiture of future payments.
**Additional information will be provided to candidates selected to interview
All communication with applicants will be done via email.  Please check your email on a daily basis.

 

HEALTH & WELFARE BENEFITS:

BNSF provides you with a comprehensive benefits package.

 

You have access to medical insurance for you, your spouse, and eligible dependents on the first day of the calendar month following completion of requisite service. This includes pharmacy coverage, telemedicine, second opinion services and centers of excellence.  After one year of employment, you are eligible for dental and vision insurance to cover yourself and eligible dependents, at no cost to you.  BNSF also provides you with $20,000 in life insurance and $16,000 in AD&D coverage. You can choose to enroll in a flexible spending account to help save money to cover healthcare, dental and vision costs. 

 

All employees of BNSF have access to a suite of family benefits including: financial support for adoption and surrogacy, time off, access to a day care assistance program (to set aside money, pre-tax, to help with qualified childcare expenses), advocacy support through Maven  fertility, and maternity and paternity support).

 

Employees also have access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and Wellness teams that provide 1-1 support, whether that’s counseling, access to basic legal and financial resources, fitness discounts, discounts on retail items, and more!

 

We’re invested in you – in your growth.  If you are pursuing a degree, or would like to in the future, BNSF offers a tuition reimbursement program to support your individual growth. 

 

You will also be eligible to participate in the BNSF 401(k) plan to save for your retirement on a pre-tax and/or Roth basis.   As a railroader, you earn an RRB annuity rather than a Social Security benefit, and you pay RRB taxes (Tier 1 and Tier 2) rather than Social Security taxes. The RRB annuity for a 30+ year railroader is significantly larger than the comparable Social Security benefit. See comparison here.

 

Additional information on benefits can be found at:

Medical:  https://yourtracktohealth.com/

 
All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen.
 
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION ELEMENTS:
  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
 
MEDICAL REVIEW ELEMENTS:
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
 
DRUG TEST ELEMENTS:
 
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place 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 https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic.

 

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

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