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Dispatcher (Train) Trainee

Overview: This position is responsible for providing for the safe and efficient movement of trains over an assigned dispatching district, in accordance with BNSF's operating rules and practices. Concurrently, must also allow for the maximum utilization of maintenance forces by optimizing the time available for inspection, repair and capital improvement of the railroad track structure and signals.

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.

Coordination: Schedule the movement of trains to provide for safe meets and passes. Manage unexpected events and emergency situations to protect the public, railroad employees, and railroad property. Arrange for the use of track by engineering forces to permit timely maintenance while minimizing train delay and providing protection for such operation.

Reporting: Maintain detailed and accurate records of train movement and track maintenance schedules using a variety of manual processes and computerized software applications.

Salary/Benefits:Pay rate is approximately $333.58 per day. BNSF employees receive an annual benefit package valued at $22,000. The terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall apply.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Train Dispatching course offered at a BNSF-approved educational institution.

BNSF works closely with two colleges to recruit Dispatcher (Train) Trainees. Only candidates who successfully complete the required Train Dispatcher coursework at either college will be given consideration for vacancies in these positions. Please note that successful completion of either program does not guarantee the opportunity to interview with BNSF; all information on the application will be considered. To learn more about the required coursework to become a Dispatcher (Train) Trainee, please contact the schools below:

To learn more about the required coursework to become a Dispatcher (Train) Trainee, please contact Tarrant County Community College in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • 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, as well as issue oral instructions clearly and accurately using a variety of communication devices.
  • Available to work a 40 hour work week subject to overtime, on-call and alternate shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays.
  • Able to visually distinguish among colors on a computer display screen and distinguish specific auditory information from background and/or competing sounds.
  • Able to sustain concentration on processing multiple information inputs for extended periods of time.
  • Able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to accurately input data into computer systems.

Probationary Period

Working 60 solo days without dispatcher supervision.

Training

Company paid on-the-job training is provided.

Work Conditions

Indoor, fast-paced, pressure filled work environment with changing priorities.

Travel

Minimal.

Shifts/Hours

40-hour work week subject to overtime, on-call and alternate shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays. Shifts are governed by union agreement subject to seniority.

Relocation

Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Dues

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

Union

American Train Dispatchers Association


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