Welder - Track Maintenance

Overview: This position is responsible for (1) maintenance of the track infrastructure including: construction, inspection and repair of the track, and other railroad properties and facilities; (2) operation of the equipment used in these tasks, and, in some cases, maintenance of that equipment; (3) 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:Lifts and carries track material. Assist in track maintenance when needed.

Truck Maintenance: Schedule regular service for welding truck. 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 materials, such as welding supplies, grinding stones, reports and safety equipment. Maintain daily records and time sheets.

Salary/Benefits: Pay rate is approximately $23.79 per hour. Employees receive an annual benefit package valued at $22,000. The terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall apply.

  • 21 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) in 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 Class A Commercial Driverís License (CDL) with HAZMAT and air brake endorsements, 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.
  • A minimum of one year of verifiable training and/or experience welding.
  • 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 including preparation, equipment and testing expenses to obtain Commercial Drivers License 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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