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Engineering Signal Experienced First Line Supervisor 2022

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Work Location: System Wide

Anticipated Start Date: February, June or July 2022 (class start dates not confirmed)

Salary Range: $74,400




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 12 months in length and includes both classroom and on-the-job training. Signal, Track, Engineering Services, Structures, Mechanical, Transportation, Environmental, Network Control Systems & Telecom departments. With challenging work, the desire to learn, and the ability to develop relationships, career opportunities are endless. 



  • A candidate must be willing to be relocated to any location across the BNSF system for the training program
  • Once training has been completed, candidates will likely be relocated again to an assigned, permanent location
  • Please refer to BNSF’s operating system at (see System Map)
  • An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location
  • Relocation assistance may be provided to those who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their permanent residence


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



  • The EFLS program is an intensive training program that lasts approximately 12 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
  • 4 weeks of Signal Apprenticeship Training at the TTC in Overland Park, KS
  • 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 will likely be placed in an Assistant Signal Supervisor position (career progression after this is employee driven)-see below for more information on this position
  • Relocation will likely be required upon placement into permanent assignment

Assistant Signal Supervisor Information & Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise the signal maintenance and construction personnel so that established objectives will be met
  • Render technical advice and assistance when required by signal personnel or representatives of other departments
  • Define and describe to signal personnel the technical aspects of new methods or systems to be employed, including the proper use of special tools, instruments and electronic equipment
  • Provide leadership and exercise resourcefulness in accomplishing the repair of signal systems when damage has occurred as a result of derailments, collisions, severe storms or other destructive forces
  • Ensure all policies and procedures are complied with
  • Report progress at prescribed intervals of signal maintenance and construction work
  • Ensure, by suitable means, that signal systems are performing properly and in accordance with prescribed testing and inspection procedures and maintenance standards
  • Determine by examination that signal personnel are adequately knowledgeable of Safety and Operating Rules
  • Assist Supervisor Signal and General Construction Supervisor in managing the operating budget allocation and establishing requirements for future year’s budget
  • Assist General Construction Supervisor and Assistant Director Signal Construction in managing capital spending within budgets



  • 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



  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations
  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Electrical 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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