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Engineering Signal Experienced First Line Supervisor 2023

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: San Bernardino, CA, US, 76131

Company: BNSF


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 that joined BNSF 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! 

EFLS Program: 

One way to join our Field Operations Leadership team is through our Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) Program, which requires a minimum of three years’ experience managing five or more employees or two years or more of military experience. This program provides comprehensive training for the activities you will supervise in our Engineering, Mechanical or Transportation departments. This also includes leadership training in orientation, technical training, and on-the-job training at your assigned location. Your vision will help inspire and drive success for our Engineering, Mechanical or Transportation teams. 

Upon arrival at BNSF, EFLS receive an overview of our railroad and industry during orientation at our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters. Once orientation is complete, EFLS in Engineering, Mechanical, or Transportation, 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  align with the company's vision. 

Leaders in these roles work in a mostly outdoor environment while supporting our 24x7 operation in varied shifts, including holidays, nights, and weekends. Opportunities exist throughout the 28 states on the BNSF network. For this reason, relocation is often required and depends upon business need.  


  • 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. 
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • 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 
    • 401(k) 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 
    • Life Insurance
  • 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), car dealerships, and even mortgages! 
  • Get connected! Join any of our company-sponsored business resource groups. There are plenty of networking opportunities within BNSF! 


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.


Work Location: San Bernardino, CA


Anticipated Start Date: January, February, June, July, September 2023
Number of Positions: 1
Annual Salary: $80,000



  • 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 
  • BNSF will also support and assist full-time Engineering employees who wish to complete testing and obtain their PE license



  • 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


  • 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, disability or protected veteran status.

SF: MO | [[mfield5]] | Operations - Engineering | San Bernardino, CA | 76131

Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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