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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:11:47 AM EDT
BNSF Railway CEO says future to bring more hiring in NW

There will be 350 high-wage, blue-collar jobs available in the Northwest in the next year, working on the railroad.

BNSF Railway needs locomotive engineers, trackway-maintenance workers and mechanics, CEO Matt Rose said this past week.

He expects retirements soon among a workforce whose average age is 51. Not only that, he anticipates population growth, consumer demand and, therefore, freight traffic.


"Rail wages, I think, are in the top 2 percent of all blue-collar wages," Rose said.

As of Friday, job listings on the BNSF website included 12 conductor-trainees, hired in Pasco at $41,000 to start, and average pay $68,000. Most jobs are union. At the top, locomotive engineers' pay ranges from $80,000 to $130,000, if applicants pass tests, interviews and finish 26 weeks of training, he said.


Things have been busy on the rails. If they build those new coal terminals, it's going to get a lot busier.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 10:08:19 AM EDT
union?
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 10:10:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2011 10:11:54 AM EDT by Getnlwr]
Yes.


Most jobs are union.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 10:11:22 AM EDT
That is some really good pay.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 11:54:59 AM EDT
When the interviewers ask how you would feel if your train hit and killed someone don't respond with "Their fault? Darwin is the best gene pool cleanser, bar none."

Link Posted: 9/27/2011 12:47:58 PM EDT
Can I lay on the horn all the way through Gold Bar?
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 1:01:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gibby:
Can I lay on the horn all the way through Gold Bar?


I have.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 1:16:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KA3B:
When the interviewers ask how you would feel if your train hit and killed an ILWU saboteur don't respond with "Their fault? Darwin is the best gene pool cleanser, bar none."



Fixed
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 4:21:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gibby:
Can I lay on the horn all the way through Gold Bar Tenino?




Is it all going to be up north or anything down towards Olympia?

Link Posted: 9/27/2011 5:15:26 PM EDT
hiring any security?
i like trains and hate hobos

seriously, dont they have their own "police force" this seems like something id be qualified for
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 7:30:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GlockLuvinRedleg:
hiring any security?
i like trains and hate hobos

seriously, dont they have their own "police force" this seems like something id be qualified for
Why yes, yes they do.

Link Posted: 9/27/2011 8:23:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GlockLuvinRedleg:
seriously, dont they have their own "police force" this seems like something id be qualified for


Link Posted: 9/28/2011 9:53:49 PM EDT
I need a new job.

Something with a little more excitement.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 3:46:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By R-32:
I need a new job.

Something with a little more excitement.


Is the customer care department getting to quiet?
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 8:01:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Getnlwr:
Originally Posted By R-32:
I need a new job.

Something with a little more excitement.


Is the customer care department getting to quiet?


Nope,

Very busy, the condos are flying off the shelves.

Just kinda getting burnt out. I have a 30 day vacation in the very near future, so maybe that will help.

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