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Transportation Management Trainee 2022

Date: Dec 27, 2021

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 66106

Company: BNSF

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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.


The Management Trainee (MT) Program is specifically designed to develop leaders that will drive the future of our organization.  This program begins with a one 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.


Relocation assistance may be provided to those who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their current residence.


Work Location: Kansas City, KS; Fort Worth, TX

Anticipated Start Date: 01/31/2022
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Range: $72,000


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.



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 



  • An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. Work/Training assignment could place a Management Trainee anywhere on BNSF's operating system (see System Map at 
  • Transportation Management Trainees are placed in a training location for their first six months of employment. Following completion of the training program, MTs are placed in an open position across the BNSF network.  The placement location will be based on business need.   


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:

  • Participation in classroom and field training. 
  • 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 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. 


At the conclusion of the training program, MTs will be promoted to the role of Terminal Trainmaster 

Duties/Responsibilities for a Terminal Trainmaster: 

  • Assist in implementing policy and the execution of the operating plan. 
  • Supervise Transportation (TY&E) employees and plan daily train and switching operations consistent with safety and efficiency. 
  • Conduct operations tests and safety meetings. investigate accidents and injuries. 
  • Monitor and control costs to meet goals. 
  • Ensure compliance with BNSF's equal employment policies, safety and operating rules, schedule agreements, and government regulations. 


The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position. 



  • Indoors and outdoors on a regular basis.
  • Work around heavy and moving machinery.
  • Environment requires personal protective equipment, hard hat, safety glasses, and gloves. These materials will be provided by BNSF



  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week and include 12-hour shift requirements. 
  • 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 signals.
  • 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.


Our Management Trainee program is geared towards recent college graduates with three years or less of experience in a post-collegiate professional work environment.  If you have more experience and are interested in BNSF, we encourage you to look at our Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) program or our professional jobs to find what most closely aligns with your experience and skill set.


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.

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