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$5,000 HIRING BONUS PLUS RELO-Railcar Repair (Carman) - Richmond, CA

Date: Sep 20, 2022

Location: Richmond, CA, US, 94801

Company: BNSF

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


Job Location: Richmond
Other Potential Locations: Richmond, CA 
Anticipated Start Date: 08/22/2022
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: Entry rate of pay is approximately $25.27 per hour,

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


New Hires Richmond, CA are eligible for a $5,000  hiring incentive - payable over ten (10) months in two equal installments of $2,500 available for candidates.  Specialty/ Skilled positions – Electricians, Machinists, Sheetmetal workers and carded Carmen locations are eligible for a $7,500 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 $2,500 or $3,750
  • Complete 6 additional months of active service at the hired location to be eligible for the second $2,500 or $3,750 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:  Inspect, rebuild, and repair freight cars.


SAFETY:  Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to and acting on safety concerns.


INSPECTING:  Inspect railcar frames and bodies for holes, cracks, and other defects; safety appliances including hand holds, sill steps, grab iron, brake platforms, running boards; wheels to insure that rim treads, plates, hub axles, and bearings are in good repair.


REBUILDING AND REPAIR:  Maintain, replace and repair air brake pipes, valves, gaskets, air hoses and other equipment.  Operate electrical and gas welding equipment to join a variety of metals and alloys; operate acetylene torches for cutting and/or shaping metal parts such as aluminum, cast iron, steel and bronze.


EQUIPMENT OPERATION: Operate specialized off-highway motor vehicles including forklift trucks, mobile cranes, track mobiles, ship tractors.


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



• At least 18 years of age, or will be by the anticipated start date listed above
• Available to work in geographic area indicated
• Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English
• Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
• Work full-time (40 hrs/wk).  Shifts governed by union agreement and subject to seniority.   Mechanical shops operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week with three 8-hour shifts including weekends, holidays, overtime.  Available to work any shift required
• Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs without assistance
• Possess valid driver’s license
• Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; 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 get on/off equipment; work from various heights including making repairs atop railcars
• Able to work in conditions with loud noise and fumes, work on/around heavy/moving machinery; bend, walk, stand, sit for extended time; use hand tools
• Follow safety policies and procedures; wear the required personal protective equipment


Training: Company-paid on-the-job.


Relocation: Assistance not available.


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


Probationary Period: Journeyman = 60 days; Apprentice = 122 days.


Travel:  Minimal.


Shifts/Hours: 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.


Union: Brotherhood of Railway Carman


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 | Richmond, CA | 94801 


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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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