Mechanical (Engineering) Intern 2017

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The Summer Internship Program provides interns an opportunity to learn more about how our efficient, safe and “green” rail network supports the global supply chain. Interns participate in group events and projects, experiencing first-hand what it is like to be a full-time BNSF employee. Operating one of the largest railroads in North America, we have countless opportunities for interns to develop their skills, create new ideas and even travel!

The program begins with an extensive corporate orientation in Fort Worth, Texas. During the training period, interns receive a company overview and interact with company leaders. Following orientation, interns receive on-the-job training according to their assigned group. The summer will be spent in Fort Worth or in a field location that can be anywhere on BNSF’s system. The objective of our Summer Internship Program is to find students that will join us after graduation as part of our Management Trainee Program.

Relocation assistance may be provided to interns who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their current residence.

Work Location: System Wide

Anticipated Start Date: 05/31/2017

Salary Range: $4,000 per month

Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing and hiring events for this position. Please check your e-mail on a daily basis.


SUMMER RELOCATION WILL BE REQUIRED. A candidate can be relocated to any location across the BNSF system (see System Map on An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. Work assignment could place an Intern anywhere on BNSF’s 32,500 mile system.


This challenging program offers students the opportunity to learn about the working logistics of this fast paced railroad. The summer will be spent in an assigned mechanical facility which could be anywhere on BNSF’s 32,500 mile system. During this assignment, the intern will shadow mechanical supervisors and craft employees, work on projects; and assist in supervising, monitoring and inspecting the maintenance and repair of locomotives and freight cars.

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Observe, prepare and conduct job safety briefings with all employees.
  • Assist in ensuring labor and equipment is positioned to inspect, test and repair equipment to meet the needs of the daily plan.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives with local work force.

***This role does not involve design of railcars, locomotives or other equipment.


  • Indoors and outdoors on a regular basis.
  • Environment requires personal protective equipment, hard hat, safety glasses, and gloves.


  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  • Schedule could involve nights, weekends, and holidays as BNSF is a 24 x 7 work environment.
  • Travel 10-90% as required by the position.


  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above for Engineering majors OR cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for Non-Engineering majors.
  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s or graduate degree program at an accredited university.
  • Less than three (3) years of work experience. When calculating work experience, EXCLUDE internships or positions held while in high school or college.
  • Authorization to work in the US without Company sponsorship.
  • Ability to relocate to an assigned location within the BNSF Network for the summer.
  • Valid State ID or Driver’s License

Additionally, qualified candidates must be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations.
  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles.


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Pursuit of a degree in General, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, or Civil Engineering OR a similar technical program.
  • Graduation date prior to September 1, 2018.
  • Experience working in an engineering, manufacturing, factory or technical environment.
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience working around heavy equipment.


BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Relocation Stipend
  • Summer Lodging Stipend
  • Potential for offer of fulltime position
  • Paid Internship

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 .

SF: MO | College Recruiting | Operations – Mechanical | Fort Worth, TX | 76131

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