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Signal Apprentice - Minneapolis, MN

BNSF Railway
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
80 44th Ave Ne (Show on map)
June 02, 2023

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

Job Location:Minneapolis
Other Potential Locations:Minneapolis, MN
Anticipated Start Date: 06/05/2023
Number of Positions:2
Salary Range: Entry rate is approx. $33.02/hr; avg annual pay 85K-95K with 3-5 years seniority.

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 andservice 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 serveand 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 everyday, 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 installing, inspecting, testing, and maintaining train control systems and grade crossing warning device equipment.


  • Load and unload supplies

  • Dig holes and trenches for cable

  • Paint signal equipment

  • Climb poles and signal masts

  • Handle cable and wireto make electrical connections


  • Use non-power tools such asshovels, picks, axes, sledgehammers

  • Usehigh precision measuring tools such asmicrometers, voltmeters, amp meters, recorders

  • Use hand tools such asscrewdrivers, wrenches, pliers, tape measures

  • Use power tools such as drills and power saws

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 perform work on uneven surfaces

  • Safety sensitive work environment

  • Exposure to loud noise and fumes

  • Work on/around heavy/moving machinery


  • Full-time (40hrs/wk)

  • Subject to on-call(24/7), overtime, nights, alternating shifts, weekends, and holidays


  • Travel to and remain on job sites around designated seniority region, sometimes for extended periods of time


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

  • Possess a valid state-issued driver's licenseorbeable to obtain one within 60 days of employment

  • Ability to report for duty at the designated work location

  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions

  • Able toworkthe above shift/hours

  • Ableto meet the above travel requirements

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

  • Able to lift and carry up to 60lbsoccasionally

  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow, and lunar (clear light)

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

  • Able to use handsand hand toolsto perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling

  • Occasionallyclimb ladders; get on/off equipment; climb signal poles to perform installations

  • Bend, walk, stand, sit for extended time

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


  • Successful candidate(s) will participate in a two-year apprenticeship to include on-the-job and classroom training


  • Assistance not available


  • Brotherhood ofRailroadSignalmen

  • Dues required per union agreement


  • Per union agreement

  • Seniority-based

  • Require Manager approval


  • 90days


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, disability or protected veteran status.

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