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Transportation Management Trainee 2021

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 66106

Company: BNSF

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The Management Trainee (MT) Program is specifically designed to develop leaders that will drive the future of our organization.  This program begins with a two-week orientation at our corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.  During this time, MTs receive a company overview, interact with company leaders, and develop skills for a successful career.  Additional training will vary by department.  With hard work, the desire to learn, and the ability to develop relationships, career opportunities are endless.  


The Operations Management Trainee position is a leadership role at BNSF Railway.  These individuals lead a diverse workgroup to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments and goals that are in line with the company's vision.



Work Location: System Wide

Anticipated Start Date: January, June or September 2021

Salary Range: $69,000



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.



A candidate can be relocated to any location across the BNSF system (see System Map on An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. Work/Training assignment could place a Management Trainee anywhere on BNSF's operating system.


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:                             

Training for Transportation Management Trainees is a six-month program. This opportunity begins with a two-week comprehensive orientation at BNSF Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Following orientation, the trainee will complete several additional weeks at the BNSF Technical Training Center (TTC) in Overland Park, Kansas, their field Headquarter location, and at the Network Operations Center in Fort Worth.


Overall, the trainee will learn to manage railroad terminal operations, work on specific logistics projects, manage a crew (which consists of a conductor and engineer), and prepare for a field operations supervisory position.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate multiple safety briefings throughout the shift with crews, dispatchers, maintenance employees and other BNSF Team Members.
  • Lead crew discussions on how to approach others about safety, relay information about safely servicing customer plants and facilities, ways to minimize risk, and create a culture of safety compliance.
  • Hold employees accountable for compliance with rules and regulations established by the Federal Railroad Administration and BNSF Railway.
  • Ensure compliance with attendance policies and rules violations.
  • Ride trains with the crews and direct operational testing & audits for the crews.
  • Assist crews with personnel paperwork, vacation requests, and provide transportation for crews to board and operate the trains timely.
  • Correspond with customers by providing accurate and timely information regarding their shipments to and from customer facility/plants on a daily basis.
  • Plan the movement of cars, inventory, locomotive, crews and trains within a designated terminal and across an operational division/territory.
  • Optimize crew utilization, the use of locomotives, and rail teams who work on track infrastructure in order to plan/execute track maintenance and repairs.


Additionally, qualified candidates must be able to:

  • 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.



  • Indoors and outdoors on a regular basis.
  • Work around heavy and moving machinery.
  • Environment requires personal protective equipment (i.e. hard hat, safety glasses, safety vest and gloves provided by BNSF).



  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  • Schedule involves nights, weekends, and holidays, as BNSF is a 24 X 7 work environment.



  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work.



  • Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher with a degree in Engineering or Construction Management OR a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA with a non-Engineering degree. 
  • Less than three (3) years of work experience in a professional work environment. When calculating work experience, EXCLUDE internships or positions held while in high school or college.
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Graduate degree from an accredited university to be completed prior to hire OR have obtained a degree within the past three (3) years.
  • 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.
  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, yellow and lunar (clear light) and able to see at night.
  • Able to hear and with training distinguish auditory signal.
  • Valid Driver’s License.



  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Degree in Engineering, Logistics, Transportation, Supply Chain Management, Business, Distribution or a similar program.
  • Experience working in an engineering, transportation, logistics or supply chain environment.
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working outdoors or in an industrial environment.



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 Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
  •     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

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