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Engineering Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) 2022

Date: Jul 2, 2022

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

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BNSF's Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) program is a comprehensive leadership initiative targeted toward individuals who have at least three years of management experience outside of the railroad industry.

Relocation may be required to one of the following job locations:  Fort Worth, Kansas City, KS

Anticipated Start Date: 09/12/2022
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Range: $77,700

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety, service, and who take pride in delivering the nation’s freight. Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. The BNSF 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 diverse Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve, and through diversity and inclusion training programs. It’s through our actions that we create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that truly encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.


The Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) program is specifically designed to develop leaders that will drive the future of our organization. This training program is approximately 6 months in length and includes both classroom and on-the-job training. You will gain experience in our Track, Engineering Services, Structures, Signal, Mechanical, Transportation, and Environmental departments. With challenging work, the desire to learn, and the ability to develop relationships, career opportunities are endless.  





  • Frequent and extensive travel over a large geographic region will be required.



  • The EFLS program is an intensive training program that lasts approximately 6 months 
  • EFLS will attend an initial 2-week orientation conducted at our company headquarters in Fort Worth, TX where trainees will learn about the BNSF culture, network with leaders of the company and receive leadership training 
  • From Fort Worth, trainees will attend a 2-week technical and personnel training conducted at our Technical Training Center (TTC) in Overland Park, KS where trainees will learn about operations and field safety 
  • The remaining time will be spent completing on-the-job field training conducted at assigned training location which will include instructor led and web-based training courses as well as numerous job shadows across multiple departments  


EFLS may be placed in one of the following roles as a supervisor to BNSF employees, contractors, or consultants:

  • Assistant Roadmaster (see below for responsibilities) 
  • Assistant Supervisor Structures (see below for responsibilities)
  • Project Engineer (see below for responsibilities)


Assistant Roadmaster Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plan, coordinate and supervise various types of production and maintenance activities in the efficient, safe and economic performance of their duties.
  • Ensure track structure is maintained to meet BNSF and FRA standards.
  • Work with NOC dispatchers and other operating personnel to ensure proper coordination of track windows in order to make production goals.
  • Plan daily work to complete projects per work schedule.
  • Coordinate track maintenance work with contractors and other departments to maximize work efforts and train operations.
  • Perform pre-job surveys and ensure quality control by walking, hi-rail and track inspections.
  • Follow up on safety issues, maintain contact with field personnel and help enhance overall quality and safety guidelines.
  • Ensure compliance and application of company policies, i.e., BNSF's Equal Employment Policy, applicable safety rules, union agreements, FRA standards and government regulations.


Assistant Supervisor Structures Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plan, supervise and coordinate maintenance, construction, inspection and operation of bridges and structures 
  • Plan daily work to complete projects per schedule 
  • Coordinate structures work with other departments to ensure safe and efficient maintenance operations that minimize impacts to train operations 
  • Address technical training, safety training, follow up on safety issues, maintain contact with field personnel and help enhance overall quality and safety 
  • Perform operations testing 
  • Ensure compliance with and consistent application of company policies (BNSF's Equal Employment Policy, Engineering Instructions, Safety Rules, scheduled agreements, FRA and government regulations) 
  • Subject to being “on-call” requiring response to emergencies at any time 
  • Perform utility Supervisor duties as needed 


Project Engineer Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the development of engineering plans, estimates, schedules and construction of new railroad track projects.  
  • These will include new main lines, sidings and extensions, yards, track reconfigurations, intermodal and auto facilities, access to customer facilities, and other railroad infrastructure.
  • Provide project planning and scope development support.
  • Provide project management support, including maintaining project managing systems.
  • Support securing construction and environmental permits.
  • Identify and coordinate property purchase and utility relocations with other BNSF departments and real estate service providers.
  • Provide surveying support, project administration, inspection and ensure conformance to BNSF’s standards and specifications.
  • Implement and manage construction safety processes.
  • Evaluate and manage change orders associated with projects.
  • Support cash flow forecast process with Finance Department.
  • Coordinate internal Signal, Track, Telecommunications and Structures design and construction activities to progress the overall project.
  • Provide review of proposed BNSF customer project concepts and plans.
  • Provide BNSF Economic Development and Marketing Departments with engineering guidance.
  • Maintain engineering portions of customer project tracking system (Zephyr).
  • Furnish engineering support for drainage problems, embankment stability and emergency repairs as necessary.
  • Support the preparation of detailed estimates for the Capital Expenditure Program.
  • Assist working with public agencies on interdependent projects.



  • Work in a 24 x 7 operations environment including nights, weekends, evenings and holidays, on-call or available for emergency situations
  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week
  • Work both indoors and outdoors in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet)
  • Work around heavy and moving machinery
  • Work around electronics, including electric currents
  • Work in and around bridges in elevated locations 



  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work



  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • At least Three (3) years of work experience supervising 5 or more employees in a fast-paced, outdoors, all weather conditions environment and/or a fast-paced electronic controls or signals environment.
  • Able to work “on-call” for emergency situations
  • Authorization to work in the US without Company sponsorship now AND in the future
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to relocate within the BNSF Railway operating system to start and/or upon career progression and/or business need
  • Valid Driver’s License



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related discipline
  • Five years of work or military experience supervising 15 or more employees in a fast-paced, outdoors, all types of weather conditions environment
  • Experience in a position with travel up to 100% as part of the job
  • Experience managing a unionized workforce




BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


  •     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

COVID-19 Federal Vaccine Mandate


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of our lives. From the onset, BNSF’s goals have remained the same: keep our people safe and maintain our essential operations. While we maintained that the decision to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal one, we also encouraged employees to consider the options and make the best decision for themselves and their families.


 Under President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, BNSF is covered by the federal mandate requiring vaccination.  Effective December 8, 2021, BNSF has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to BNSF, could be upheld in court in the near future.  If this happens, BNSF employees would be required to be vaccinated.


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.

SF: MO | [[mfield5]] | Operations - Engineering | Fort Worth, TX | 76131

Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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