Track Maintenance – Laborer, Truck Driver, Welder, Machine Operator

Overview: This position is responsible for: (1) maintenance of the track infrastructure, including constructing, inspecting and repairing track, and other railroad properties and facilities; (2) operation of the equipment used in these tasks, and, in some cases, maintenance of the equipment; (3) the transportation of the crew and the equipment to and from the jobsite location; and (4) travel and work within assigned geographic area.

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.

Track Maintenance Repair and Installation: Repair and rebuild railroad track, using power and non-power hand tools as necessary. Lift and carry track material, cut brush, trees and vegetation, and clear the right-of-way of litter and cargo spillage. Maintenance will be performed by pulling spikes from ties, drilling holes through rails for insertion of bolts, and fastening tighten or loosen bolts.

Maintain Trackbed: Remove and replace ballast, operate large non-powered hand tools such as shovels, picks, axes, cutters, and sledgehammers, and operate proper electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic hand tools such as drills, impact wrenches, jacks, power saws, and grinders.

Operate Equipment: Cut rail, manually compress ballast, remove and install ties, lift, roll, and adjust rails, and lift and carry track material with assistance.

Truck Driver: Operate trucks in excess of 26,000 pounds as required.

Truck Maintenance: Ensure that trucks and equipment are in good repair and submit the necessary paperwork in connection with repairs to the truck or the welding equipment.

Welder: Weld, grind, and cutting of rail. Operate welding truck in safe and efficient manner. Order material, such as welding supplies, grinding stones, reports and safety equipment. Maintain daily records and time sheets.

Salary/Benefits: Laborer entry pay rate is approximately $19.22; Full pay rate is approximately $21.35 per hour; Truck Driver pay rate approximately $20.30; Welder pay rate is approximately $23.79; Machine Operator pay rate is approximately $22.83. Employees receive an annual benefit package valued at $22,000. The terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall apply.

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • BNSF is a drug-free company and employees will be subject to random drug tests.
  • 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).
  • Available to work a 40 hour work week subject to overtime, on-call and alternate shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays.
  • Available to travel to job sites around the seniority (designated) region and remain on site for extended periods, sometimes days or weeks at a time.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 60 pounds frequently.
  • Possess a valid state-issued driver’s license, or be able to obtain one within 60 days of employment.
  • 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 on/off equipment.
  • 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.

Probationary Period

60 days.


Company paid on-the-job training is provided.

Work Conditions

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


Frequent and extensive travel over a large geographic area.


Work weeks are 40 hours per week. Typically, shifts are weekdays, Monday through Friday. May be subject to on-call, overtime, weekends and holidays.

Seniority District / Transfers

Based on the bargaining agreement, transfers are based on seniority and require the approval of the Superintendent of the department.


Relocation assistance is not available for this position.


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


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