Signal Apprentice - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN 
Posted 28 days ago
Job Description

Be part of a team that values safety, diversity, and excellence

We are one of the largest U.S. railroads transporting the nation's freight across 28 western states and 3 Canadian provinces. As a member of our team, you will play a role in supporting the movement of essential products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply, and power communities throughout America and the world.

We are committed to a culture where all employees are included, belong, and have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.Come make a difference with us!

Learn more aboutBNSFandourBenefits

Job Location:Minneapolis
Other Potential Locations:Minneapolis, MN
Anticipated Start Date:06/10/2024
Number of Positions:1
Salary Range:Entry rate is approx. $34.34/hr; avg annual pay 85K-95K with 3-5 years seniority.

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


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

Here are some of the perks/benefits you can expect as a BNSF employee

At BNSF, you will have access to a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that meets you where you are, a few of those benefits include:

  • A range of health care options for you and your dependents including medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, mental health, wellness coaching, 2nd opinionservices, and high-quality care network options. You will also have life insurance, provided at no cost to you.
  • A Railroad Retirement program and competitive 401(k) plan to help you meet your retirement goals.
  • Family benefits including parental and pediatric support, adoption and surrogacy reimbursement, and spending accounts.
  • Access to discounts on travel, gym memberships and more!
  • Benefits vary by union collective bargaining agreement.
  • For more information, visitBenefits.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. You can find more information by reviewing theHiring Process. Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC.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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BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.


Job Summary
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As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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