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$15,000 HIRING BONUS-Mechanic Diesel Engine - Northtown - Minneapolis, MN

Date: Sep 15, 2022

Location: Northtown, MN, US, 55421

Company: BNSF

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


Job Location: Northtown
Other Potential Locations: Northtown, MN 
Anticipated Start Date: 10/03/2022
Number of Positions: 6 
Salary Range: Pay rate $27.84 - $33.14/hr with annual pay of $57,907 - $68,931 with 3 - 5 years seniority.


New Hires Northtown, MN are eligible for a $12,500 hiring incentive - payable over ten (10) months in two equal installments of $6,250 available for candidates.  Specialty/ Skilled positions – Electricians, Machinists, Sheetmetal workers and carded Carmen locations are eligible for a $15,000 hiring incentive - payable over ten (10) months in two equal installments 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 $6,250 or $7,500
Complete 6 additional months of active service at the hired location to be eligible for the second $6,250 or $7,500 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.

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

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.



At BNSF, Safety is a core value of how we do business. Each and every day, our employees are committed to approach one another about safety, which is key in realizing our vision. Employees are also expected to comply with company and federal safety & health regulations, safety rules & policies, as well as procedures that guide work practices to reduce risk to exposure.  Such work practices include but are not limited to wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns, and taking appropriate actions in the event of an emergency. 



This position is responsible for inspecting, repairing and maintaining engine and mechanical components of diesel locomotives. Additional responsibilities include the following: 



  • Repair running gears (wheels, springs, hangers, and brake rigging traction motors) 

  • Test and repair brake systems, safety appliances, couplers, draft systems, air compressors, safety valves, lube oil pumps filter systems, fuel systems, radiators and shutters 

  • Install, disassemble, assemble, repair or replace locomotive diesel engine components 

  • Perform scheduled and preventative maintenance on tools and equipment 



  • Inspect locomotive components 

  • Diagnose malfunctions in diesel engines, air equipment and trucks 


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. 



  • Extreme all-weather conditions 

  • Walk and perorm work on uneven surfaces 

  • Safety sensitive work environment 

  • May be required to handle hazardous materials 

  • Loud noise and fumes 

  • Work on or around heavy/moving machinery 



  • Full-time (40 hrs/wk) 

  • Subject seniority and governed by union agreement 

  • Assigned shift may be one of three 8-hour shifts 

  • Mechanical shops operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week 

  • Available to work any shift required 



  • Minimal 



  • 18 years of age, or will be by the anticipated start date listed above

  • Ability to report for duty at the designated work location 

  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions 

  • Able to work the above shift/hours 

  • Ability to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English 

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs 

  • Possess valid state-issued driver’s license 

  • Ability to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow 

  • Ability to discriminate and differentiate between verbal and non-verbal sounds (signals, alarms, etc.) in the work environment  

  • Ability to use hands and use hand tools to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling 

  • Ability to climb ladders and get on/off equipment 

  • Ability to occasionally work at various heights above the ground, including working on top of a locomotive 

  • Ability to bend, walk, stand and sit occasionally with breaks 

  • Follow safety policies and procedures; wear required personal protective equipment  



  • Company paid on-the-job  



  • Assistance not available 



  • International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers 

  • Dues required per union agreement 



  • Journeyman: 60 calendar days 

  • Apprentice: 122 working days 


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.

F: MO | Mechanical Transitioning Military  | Operations - Mechanical | Northtown, MN | 55421 


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