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Supervisor Design Services (Railway Signal Design - MicroStation/CAD)

Date: Apr 19, 2021

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 66106

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.

Job Location: Kansas City (Lenexa, KS)
Anticipated Start Date: 06/01/2021
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: 67,900 - 80,300


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, 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.



Under direction of the Assistant Director Signal Design, the selected applicant will join a team whose primary goal is to design and manage railway signal projects in support of BNSF’s expansive signal infrastructure.


The ideal candidate will possess skills within the MicroStation CONNECT edition CAD software and be proficient at creating and modifying cells and cell libraries.  In addition, the candidate must be able to develop “script” operations to perform desired functions through an automated basis to a batch of files. Should also be able to collaborate with representatives from Bentley (MicroStation-Connect) when researching and developing the various tools described above.



  • Perform CAD (compuer aided drafting) work in signal design, specifically in the area of signal plans and circuitry.
  • Assist in the development of processes relating to signal design and execution.
  • Coordinate, administrate and review design activities to ensure assigned projects are completed on time, within budget and meet the requirements of our customers.
  • Prepare contract task orders to specify scope of work to outside engineering contractors for either requests for quotations or actual engineering work.
  • Review, create, and analyze signal project layouts, field surveys and field diagnostic team requests, to ensure BNSF, FRA (Federal Railroad Administration), AREMA (American Railway Eng and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and AAR (Association of American Railroads) standards and recommended practices are followed.
  • Track and report deviations of engineering contractor firm progress related to estimated time and cost to complete their work to ensure schedules and budgets are met.
  • Follow Signal Engineering standards in regards to process control of projects, not limited to filing, uploading, downloading of plans, software, and project information.
  • Keep departmental project tracking and scheduling databases up to date for assigned projects.
  • Review contractor invoices for services rendered and prepare requests for payment against the appropriate projects.


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.



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have extensive computer aided technical drawing expertise, specifically with MicroStation software
  • Project management skills
  • Must have analytical ability, be innovative and resourceful and be able to communicate accurately on technical subjects
  • Must be able to work effectively and efficiently with all levels of BNSF management and personnel as a team dedicated to fulfilling corporate goals
  • Ability to quickly acquire a basic knowledge of wayside train signal and crossing warning safety circuit logic and a working knowledge of general signal engineering principles and practices including design, construction and maintenance
  • Ability to quickly acquire a basic knowledge of Federal, State and Local regulations as they apply to signaling practices



  • Experience with peripheral MicroStation file systems such as ProjectWise Explorer
  • 2-3 years of formal technical training in electricity/electronics strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering or equivalent

TRAVEL: Some travel will be required (approximately 5%)
RELOCATION: Relocation assistance may be provided based on business need and candidate's current location.



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

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BNSF considers candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


  •     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.
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