Conductor Trainee - La Crosse, WI

BNSF Railway | La Crosse, WI

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Posted Date 6/19/2020

Second-Chance Friendly Employer BNSF Railway is looking for great people to join their teams in La Crosse, WI


Date: Aug 31, 2018

Location: La Crosse, WI, US, 54601

Company: BNSF

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.


Job Location: La Crosse
Other Potential Locations: La Crosse, WI 
Anticipated Start Date: 01/07/2019
Number of Positions: 10 
Salary Range: Entry rate of pay approximately $183.86 per day, progression rates and timeline negotiated by CBA

All communication with applicants will be done via email.  Please check your email on a daily basis.



Safely switch railcars and safe train movement.


SAFETY:  Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to and acting on safety concerns.


COMMUNICATION:  Obtain and receive information and act on oral or written instructions by various communication devices.  Monitor and report daily work.


TRAIN OPERATION:  Climb on/off equipment, set/release hand brakes, couple/uncouple air hoses, remove/replace broken 75lb railcar connectors, ride moving cars by hanging on grab irons or ladders. Observe, interpret and relay hand, lantern, and other signals for train movement; judge and control speed and clearance distance of cars; distinguish among colors and see at night.


SWITCHING FUNCTIONS:  Operate track switches and derails to change train routing within yards or on road. Check switch points for proper alignment.


TRAIN AND EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS:  Switch, spot cars and determine train make-up. Observe and monitor track conditions (e.g. broken rails, defective switches, weather-related problems).  Inspect cars per federal regulations. Observe and report on passing train conditions.


The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position.  These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.  




  • 18 years of age or older, or will be by the anticipated start date listed above.
  • Available to work in geographic area indicated
  • Able to arrive at the assigned work location within 90 minutes of notification to report to work
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Work on-call, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, including nights, weekends, holidays.  Must report to assigned work location within 90 minutes of notification.  Work may be seasonal for weather or business
  • Available to travel to and remain on designated seniority region for days at a time
  • Able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs frequently, 60 lbs occasionally and up to 90 lbs infrequently
  • Ability to see and interpret hand signals from near and far; visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow and lunar (clear light); visually judge speed and distance of moving objects; see at night; hear, and, with training, distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to visually distinguish and differentiate colors on computer display screens
  • Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling
  • Able to work on uneven surfaces; frequently climb ladders and get on/off equipment; work at various heights above the ground including on top of locomotives, railcars and other equipment
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise and fumes; work on/around heavy/moving machinery; bend, lift, walk, stand, sit for extended time; and use hand tools
  • Follow safety policies and procedures; wear required personal protective equipment


Training: Company-paid on-the-job and classroom training for up to 17 weeks at location hired.


Relocation: Assistance not available.


Work Conditions:  Extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.


Probationary Period:  60 days.


Seniority District Transfers: Transfer eligibility varies by location; may require up to 3 years employment and General Manager approval.


Travel: Frequent. May be away from home for extended time.


Shifts/Hours: Full time, including on-call (24/7), nights, weekends and holidays.  Work in geographic area as posted and report to assigned work location within 90 minutes notification. 


Union: United Transportation Union Dues: Per union agreement; membership and dues required.


BNSF Employees receive a competitive benefit package.
All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen.
BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

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