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$12,500 HIRING BONUS-Mechanical Shop Laborer (Hostler Helper) - Lincoln, NE (CDL/DOT) 1

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Lincoln, NE, US, 68501

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.


Job Location: Lincoln
Other Potential Locations: Lincoln, NE 
Anticipated Start Date: 10/03/2022
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: Entry rate of pay is approximately $ 23.15 per hour

All communication with applicants will be done via email.  Please check your email on a daily basis.


New Hires at Lincoln, NE are eligible for a $12,500 hiring incentive - payable over ten (10) months in two equal installments of $6,250 available for candidates who meet all qualifications below:

  • Offered a position and successfully complete the pre-employment process
  • Successful completion of the first four months of new-hire training and service to be eligible for the first  $6250 installment
  • Complete 6 additional months of active service at the hired location to be eligible for the second  $6250 installment.
  • This incentive will include a 3-year hold-down.  Leaving the location or job for any reason (including relocation of more than 50 miles from the headquartered location) will result in 100% repayment and forfeiture of future payments.
  • **Additional information will be provided to candidates selected to interview

Relocation incentives are also available for these locations in the amount up to $2,500 w/ proof of bona fide move to a Mechanical hiring location and signed Repayment Agreement.


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 and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our 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 eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.


DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is responsible for keeping work areas clean and orderly as well as operating industrial maintenance equipment within a shop environment.


SAFETY: Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns and taking appropriate action. May be required to handle hazardous materials.


EQUIPMENT OPERATION: Operate forklift, mobile crane, trackmobile, shop tractor, and power hand tools. Fuel truck driver, drives fuel tanker trucks on roadways and BNSF property to fuel locomotives where required. This position requires a CDL and is bid based on seniority and business need.


ENGINE MOVING; Move locomotive ( hostler helper) within boundaries of mechanical facility. Use radio and hand signals to communicate. 


EQUIPMENT AND SHOP MAINTENANCE: Sand, fuel and clean locomotives. Clean and organize shop work area: sweep and clean work surfaces, store parts, empty and discard garbage; operate power-driven equipment such as a vacuum cleaner, electric broom, or steam cleaning gun.




Basic Qualifications:


  • 21 years of age or older
  • Have a valid CDL, with test endorsements for combination vehicle, air brake, and HAZMAT or able to obtain one within 60 days of employment
  • Willing to submit to an employment, criminal and driving background review
  • Available to work in the geographic area indicated
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet)
  • Work a 40 hour work week. Shifts are governed by union agreement and subject to seniority. Mechanical shops operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with three 8-hour shifts including weekends, holidays and overtime. Available to work any of these shifts as required
  • Able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds with or without assistance
  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, green and yellow colors , hear, and with training distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling
  • Able to perform work on uneven surfaces, frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment, and work from various heights
  • Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools
  • Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner


Training: Company paid on-the-job training is provided.


Relocation: Relocation assistance is not available for this position.


Work Conditions: Extreme all-weather conditions; un-even surfaces; safety sensitive work environment..


Probationary Period: 100 working days.


Travel: Minimal.


Shifts/Hours: Mechanical shops operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with three 8-hour shifts including weekends, holidays and overtime. Work weeks are 40 hours per week, shifts are governed by union agreement and subject to seniority.


Union: National Conference of Fireman and Oilers.


Dues: Per the collective bargaining agreement, union membership and monthly dues are required.


BNSF Employees receive a competitive benefit package.
All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen.
  •     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, or protected veteran status.

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