Relief Bridge Operator (TCU)

BNSF - Fort Madison, IA3.7

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: Fort Madison
Other Potential Locations: Fort Madison, IA
Anticipated Start Date: 07/15/2019
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Range: CHANGE THIS

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

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. May be required to handle hazardous materials.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitor and direct marine and railroad traffic, raising and lowering the lift bridge as needed (subject to certain locations only). Give trackage rights for Maintenance of Way gangs and B&B personnel. Protect personnel/equipment during train movement. Operate railroad radio, marine radio, and phones. Communicate with Dispatching Office and Trainmasters as needed for proper train movement. Relay information from the USCG to barge traffic about restrictions at the bridge.

Handle small amounts of office supplies. Basic janitorial duties in keeping work area clean. Prepare various reports and forms.

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.

TYPING REQUIREMENT: This position requires successful candidates to take and pass a typing test, administered through BNSF. The minimum net typing rate required for this position is 25 wpm.

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 and alternate shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays.
Able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds without assistance.
Possess a valid driver's license.
Able to distinguish among colors and recognize changes in sounds.
Able to learn to identify, interpret and use hand signals from near and far and visually judge the speed and distance of moving objects.
Able to perform basic functions on a personal computer (PC).
Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling; including use of hand tools.
Able to perform work on uneven surfaces; frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment.
Able to work at various heights above the ground and over water including working in a suspended tower and walking on a bridge to perform routine inspection and maintenance.
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.

Pay rates are listed at entry rate $176.68. Entry rate is 85% of full pay rate, to increase 5% per year until at 100%.

TRAINING: Company paid on the job training is provided.

RELOCATION: Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

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


TRAVEL: Minimal

SHIFT: Shifts are governed by union agreement subject to seniority. This position is classified as “on-call”, and must be willing to work various shifts (days, afternoons, nights, swing) and fill in for vacation and unplanned vacancies. There is no guarantee of minimum hours per week.

UNION: Transportation Communications Union

DUES: Per the collective bargaining agreement, union membership and monthly dues are 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

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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