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Dispatcher Trainee (Ft. Worth, TX)

Date: May 11, 2022

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

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


Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 10/16/2022
Number of Positions: 36 
Salary Range: Entry rate is approx. $322.79/day, with an average annual salary of $83,925 - $104,907.

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.



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. 


COMPENSATION:  Train Dispatcher trainees are paid approximately $147 per day while completing 11 weeks of classroom training.  Trainees are compensated at 80% of the full rate ($322.79) during the probationary period, in which trainees must successfully work 90 solo shifts to become a fully qualified train dispatcher.  Full rate of pay is $403.49 per 8 hour shift, subject to the terms of the collective bargining agreement. 


DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is responsible for providing for the safe and efficient movement of trains over an assigned district, in accordance with BNSF's operating rules and practices. Concurrently, must also allow for the maximum utilization of maintenance forces by optimizing the time available for inspection, repair and capital improvement of the railroad track structure and signals.                                 


REPORTING: Maintain detailed and accurate records of train movement and track maintenance schedules using a variety of manual processes and computerized software applications.


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. 



  • Indoor, fast-paced, pressure-filled work environment with changing priorities       



  • Full-time (40 hrs/wk) 

  • Subject to on-call, overtime, nights, alternating shifts, weekends, and holidays 

  • Shifts are governed by union agreement subject to seniority  



  • Minimal 


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS                   

  • At least 18 years of age, or will be by the start date listed above.                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Must have 4-year degree or equivalent combination of education and/or work/military experience.
  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions,
  • Able to work the above shift/hours. 

  • Ability to report for duty at the designated work location.                                           

  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English, as well as issue oral instructions clearly and accurately using a variety of communication devices.
  • Able to visually distinguish among colors on a computer display screen and distinguish specific auditory information from background and/or competing sounds.                       
  • Able to sustain concentration on processing multiple information inputs for extended periods of time.                                 
  • Able to sit for extended periods of time.                                                                       
  • Able to accurately input data into computer systems.                                                                    



  • Company paid on-the-job training is provided.



  • Average annual salary of $83,925 - $104,907 is for an employee with 3 - 5 years of seniority and depends on hours worked, which could include overtime, per diem, and other union-negotiated wages.                                                   



  • Relocation assistance is available for this position.                                                                                              



  • Working 90 solo days without train dispatcher supervision.        



  • Minimal                                     



  • American Train Dispatchers Association 

  • Dues required per union agreement                                                   




BNSF Employees receive a competitive benefit package.
All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen.
  •     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 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


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, or protected veteran status.

F: MO | Admin/Other Trades Transitioning Military  | Operations - Transportation | Fort Worth, TX | 76131 


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Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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