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Management Trainee Program

Management Trainee Positions

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The Management Trainee Program

The BNSF Management Trainee Program is for recent college graduates who, with proper exposure, mentoring and career development, will become our managers of tomorrow. The Program's purpose is to provide a source for organizational renewal, support diversity initiatives, and infuse BNSF with new business processes and technologies.

Management trainees receive cross-functional, departmental training during their 6- or 12-month training period, as well as exposure to all departments through an initial 1-month corporate orientation. Each trainee can request a BNSF mentor for career and personal guidance. The training itself is tailored to the individual and monitored by the sponsoring business group and Human Resources department.

Trainee profile Candidates for the Program must be team players who value diversity and who drive for results. They must also have:
  • A good scholastic record (GPA 3.0 and above)
  • A history of leadership roles in school or the community
  • Previous internship experience
  • Ability to analyze problems logically
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Recruiting BNSF recruits candidates from college campuses, the Internet, BNSF's former interns, and internal job postings. As part of the selection process, a potential candidate visits BNSF's corporate headquarters to participate in panel interviews and a comprehensive skills assessment.
Sponsoring departments Departments that regularly recruit management trainees include:
  • Operations/Transportation
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Finance/Corporate Audit Services/Accounting
  • Technology Services
  • Marketing
The Program - What to expect Selected candidates begin the Program by attending a 3 week corporate orientation:
Corporate orientation During corporate orientation, trainees experience a variety of activities, including presentations from the different departments, Railroading 101, EEO and diversity training, communication and management skills training, rail yard tours, a case study, panel discussions with senior management, and breakfast with the President and CEO of BNSF, Matt Rose.

The goals for the trainee during corporate orientation include:

  • Develop an understanding of BNSF's Vision and Values
  • Endorse the mandate for safety in the BNSF workplace
  • Develop an understanding of BNSF's code of ethics
  • Become familiar with the different departments' duties and responsibilities
  • Enhance personal skills

Following the 1-month Corporate Orientation, management trainees move into their respective departments to begin focused training in preparation for their first assignment. Trainees receive a cross-functional exposure to work-group activities and responsibilities within the respective departmental programs.

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