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    Train dispatcher bnsf

    It looks like BNSF is looking for train dispatchers that have former military ATC experience. The pay and benefits are great, and trains rhymes with planes so it can't be all bad. Here's the link....hurry it closes soon.

    https://careers.bnsf.com/sap(bD1lbiZ...I2Njk1Mg%3d%3d

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Current controller here, been waiting for the FAA longer than I wanted, exploring new options. Have some questions from CURRENT train dispatchers. How many hours a week do you work on average? What kind of benefits are offered? Pension, healthcare? How's the work environment? Might use the GI bill to pay for the course in Ft. Worth if it sounds worthwhile. My wife is a controller too so we may both jump into it.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    if you interview and get hired you get paid about 64k a year to take the classes. then you're paid about 80k a year after you complete training and work x amount of solo shifts.

    no pension. unless you get into management. good luck bud.
    join the union or else!!!

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by ATC_MacGyver View Post
    if you interview and get hired you get paid about 64k a year to take the classes. then you're paid about 80k a year after you complete training and work x amount of solo shifts.

    no pension. unless you get into management. good luck bud.

    No pension for floor working dispatchers?!?! Guess I made the right decision after all, thought I was missing out. Guess not..

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Pretty sure BNSF falls under the RRA for retirement.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by noid View Post
    Pretty sure BNSF falls under the RRA for retirement.
    that's instead of social security.

    bnsf has a pension. just not for union employees which bnsf dispatchers are.
    join the union or else!!!

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I guess my biggest question is how many hours weekly you work? I've heard that it could be way more than 40 hours a week. Is that true? I'm specifically referring to BNSF in Fort Worth.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Railroads like to work the hell out of their employess. You will most likely work no less than 40 hours, and expect to have to work more. Also Dont be surprised if they lay you off for no reason after training. And yes Im talking about BNSF in FT.Worth. If you really are looking into working for them Im about 99% sure they are the highest paying which is a plus. Got my info from a BNSF dispatcher.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    The extra board will become your friend for a few years. Don't expect set days off for a while.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    That's what I'm hearing and it's looking less and less like something I'm gonna embark on. I'll continue with the contract world while I wait for FAA/DoD. Thanks for the info everyone.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I applied to this last round of hiring by BNSF because my unit (National Guard) is dragging its feet on getting me a CTO and I need to be making money at a real job and not bumming around shitty job to shitty job waiting on them to send me somewhere to finish out my ATC training.

    /ventoff

    I got it and I can answer a few of these questions.

    How many hours a week do you work on average?
    You work no more than 9 hours a day. That ninth hour is always paid as time and a half even if it's your first 8 hours of the work week. Anything over 40 hours a week is time and a half. How many hours you work a week is dependant on how you want to shift your schedule around. My buddy just worked two weeks straight (14 days) so that he could get off for drill one weekend. He said he typically works at LEAST 5 days a week and sometimes 6-7. It all depends. But they will NOT work you more than 9 hours a day, so it's not so bad.

    What kind of benefits are offered? Pension, healthcare?
    They have health insurance that they'll take outta your check. I believe it was $300 a month, but you can get your own insurance. Like me, I use Tri-Care because full coverage is only like $70 a month.

    I don't know about pensions. They weren't mentioned in my orientation, so I doubt it. We pay Railway Retriement instead of Social Security. You pay in MORE than you do into SS, but you KNOW you'll get it back when you retire, unlike SS...sooo...yeah.

    How's the work environment?
    Haven't started the job just yet, but my buddy says it's nice. If you're former military it's supposed to be just like that. Be on time to where you're supposed to be and they love you. Be a slacker and life will get real hard, real fast.

    Might use the GI bill to pay for the course in Ft. Worth if it sounds worthwhile.
    If you get hired under a Dispatcher Trainee position THEY send you to the course, put you in a hotel while you take it, and pay you while you're there.

    Pay is $244 a day while you're "in training." That's roughly $30 an hour, so overtime is around $38 an hour. Once you're actually on the job you continue at $244 a day until you've worked 60 solo days (could take 6-8 months because they want to train you on as many desks as possible). When you've worked your 60 solo days you move up to $305 a day. Also, any solo days you work while "in training" are $305 a day. This is because the 244 is 80% pay and the 305 is 100%, so a solo day nets you 100% while a training day gets you 80%.

    I'm excited about starting the job. BNSF is the only railroad I've seen to offer a TRAINEE Dispatcher position. The rest require you to have previous Dispatching experience or the course BNSF PAYS YOU TO TAKE. It's a sweet set-up.

    Hope this helps! I'll know more when I start class in Sept.!

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Are you starting with the Sep military class?



    Quote Originally Posted by jrlinds1 View Post
    I applied to this last round of hiring by BNSF because my unit (National Guard) is dragging its feet on getting me a CTO and I need to be making money at a real job and not bumming around shitty job to shitty job waiting on them to send me somewhere to finish out my ATC training.

    /ventoff

    I got it and I can answer a few of these questions.


    You work no more than 9 hours a day. That ninth hour is always paid as time and a half even if it's your first 8 hours of the work week. Anything over 40 hours a week is time and a half. How many hours you work a week is dependant on how you want to shift your schedule around. My buddy just worked two weeks straight (14 days) so that he could get off for drill one weekend. He said he typically works at LEAST 5 days a week and sometimes 6-7. It all depends. But they will NOT work you more than 9 hours a day, so it's not so bad.


    They have health insurance that they'll take outta your check. I believe it was $300 a month, but you can get your own insurance. Like me, I use Tri-Care because full coverage is only like $70 a month.

    I don't know about pensions. They weren't mentioned in my orientation, so I doubt it. We pay Railway Retriement instead of Social Security. You pay in MORE than you do into SS, but you KNOW you'll get it back when you retire, unlike SS...sooo...yeah.


    Haven't started the job just yet, but my buddy says it's nice. If you're former military it's supposed to be just like that. Be on time to where you're supposed to be and they love you. Be a slacker and life will get real hard, real fast.


    If you get hired under a Dispatcher Trainee position THEY send you to the course, put you in a hotel while you take it, and pay you while you're there.

    Pay is $244 a day while you're "in training." That's roughly $30 an hour, so overtime is around $38 an hour. Once you're actually on the job you continue at $244 a day until you've worked 60 solo days (could take 6-8 months because they want to train you on as many desks as possible). When you've worked your 60 solo days you move up to $305 a day. Also, any solo days you work while "in training" are $305 a day. This is because the 244 is 80% pay and the 305 is 100%, so a solo day nets you 100% while a training day gets you 80%.

    I'm excited about starting the job. BNSF is the only railroad I've seen to offer a TRAINEE Dispatcher position. The rest require you to have previous Dispatching experience or the course BNSF PAYS YOU TO TAKE. It's a sweet set-up.

    Hope this helps! I'll know more when I start class in Sept.!

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by BX172 View Post
    Are you starting with the Sep military class?
    I should be - granted nothing horrendous that I don't know about shows up in my background check.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    that job sucked, i did it in Sept of 2008 till Nov 2008 after I got out of the Navy and waiting on the FAA. It worked out for me tho, they pay u per diem, ur normal salary and they pay for ur lodging at a hotel while u go to school. The FAA called me after I finished the class and was getting ready to quit so it was perfect timing. Fort Worth is nice tho

    PS Everyone i was in class with save 3 have all either quit or been fired

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I'd shovel horse jizz for $300 a day...just applied

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by VBeachR32 View Post
    that job sucked, i did it in Sept of 2008 till Nov 2008 after I got out of the Navy and waiting on the FAA. It worked out for me tho, they pay u per diem, ur normal salary and they pay for ur lodging at a hotel while u go to school. The FAA called me after I finished the class and was getting ready to quit so it was perfect timing. Fort Worth is nice tho

    PS Everyone i was in class with save 3 have all either quit or been fired
    Are you able to elaborate on why it sucked? Why do people quit or get fired?

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Anyone who applied to the recent announcement hear anything yet

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I applied for the recent announcement but i still havent heard anything.... hope to hear something soon

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter43g View Post
    I applied for the recent announcement but i still havent heard anything.... hope to hear something soon
    Same...it said on there it could take 2-8 weeks to hear anything or something like that. And it said only those selected would be contacted and not to look out for a denied e-mail. If anyone hears anything, post here.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyman2633 View Post
    I'd shovel horse jizz for $300 a day...just applied
    Don't listen to the guy above me. If he was only in from Sept. to Oct. then he has no clue what the job itself is like. He never made it out of class.

    So far class is fun. It's different from ATC, but in a cool way. I'm enjoying the hell out of it. We take our mid-term on Friday so we'll see where me and my classmates stand after that!

    All in all, I like it and my friends that work as dispatchers already still like it. It's definitely worth seeing if it's your thing!

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