Let's face it, finding a railroad job in this bad economy can be pretty rough. I can tell you from experience that getting hooked up with one of North America's class one roads can be a long and tiring process.
I myself have been trying off and on for three years. I already have training, a certificate in "Railroad Operations" (4.0 GPA in my courses) and still I can't get in.
That, of course, doesn't mean that you couldn't manage to land a job on one our nations ever growing rail lines.
Ya just gotta be patient, real patient, and diligent.
To make things easier for all of us (that includes me) to search for open positions I will be posting a list of what the railroads are looking for.
Here are December's open positions from railroads around the country:
Job Posting: Dec 1, 2009 - Job Number: 030684
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Job Posting: Nov 30, 2009 - Job Number: 030688
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Manager Labor Relations - 4
Job Posting: Nov 25, 2009 - Job Number: 030693
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Project Manager - GIS Applications
Job Posting: Nov 19, 2009 - Job Number: 030679
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Manager Operations Research
Job Posting: Oct 9, 2009 - Job Number: 030556
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Canadian National (US Positions Only)
Bulk Material Dock Mechanic Duluth & Two Harbors Docks MN
Car Mechanic Baton Rouge LA
Carman Apprentice Mobile AL
Carman Apprentice Champaign IL
Accounting and Finance
DIRECTOR OF SUBSIDIARY ACCOUNTING AND COMPLIANCE (216950-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Assistant Roadmaster (216973-021) Texarkana, TX, US.
Division Engineer (216958-021) Pearl, MS, US.
Manager Systems Technology (214937-021) Shreveport, LA, US.
Roadmaster (216918-021) East St. Louis, IL, US.
Roadmaster (216967-021) Monroe, LA, US.
Signal Maintainer (216965-021) Rosenberg, TX, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216923-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216940-021) Baton Rouge, LA, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216941-021) Beaumont, TX, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216942-021) Laredo, TX, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216943-021) Westlake, LA, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216951-021) Pearl, MS, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216961-021) Mexico, MO, US.
Track Construction Laborer (216962-021) Slater, MO, US.
Track Supervisor (216674-021) Corpus Christi, TX, US.
MANAGER ADMINISTRATION REAL ESTATE (216947-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Carman Apprentice (216935-021) Pearl, MS, US.
Carman Apprentice (216964-021) Neosho, MO, US.
Carman Apprentice (216968-021) Baton Rouge, LA, US.
Machinist (216913-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Manager Mechanical Maintenance (216970-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Reporting Manager (216969-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Technology and Computer-related
FIELD SUPPORT ENGINEER (216966-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Transportation and Logistics
Assistant Operations Manager/ATM (216914-021) Metairie, LA, US.
Assistant Superintendent (216930-021) Shreveport, LA, US.
Assistant Trainmaster (Operations Manager) (216931-021) Leesville, LA, US.
Assistant Trainmaster (Operations Manager) (216971-021) Gulfport, MS, US.
Manager Operating Practices (216949-021) Pittsburg, KS, US.
Terminal Trainmaster (216954-021) Pearl, MS, US.
Train Dispatcher Trainee (216948-021) Kansas City, MO, US.
Train Services Trainee/Conductor (216938-021) Beaumont, TX, US.
Trainmaster (Operations Manager) (216933-021) Laredo, TX, US.
Trainmaster (Operations Manager) (216972-021) Baton Rouge, LA, US.
B&B Apprentice East Point GA
B&B Apprentice Millen GA
B&B Apprentice Rome GA
B&B Helper Asheville NC
B&B Helper Columbia SC
B&B Helper Greensboro NC
B&B Laborer Birmingham AL
B&B Supervisor Various Locations All Norfolk Southern Locations
Co-op - Automotive Marketing Norfolk VA
Co-op - C&S (Communications and Signals) Atlanta GA
Co-op - Design & Construction Atlanta GA
Co-op - Design & Construction/ GIS Emphasis Atlanta GA
Co-op - Engineering - Bridges and Structures Atlanta GA
Co-op - Industrial Development Atlanta GA
Co-op - Industrial Engineering Atlanta GA
Co-op - Information Technology Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Co-op - Intermodal Systems Norfolk VA
Co-op - Internal Audit Staffing Roanoke VA
Co-op - Locomotive Planning Atlanta GA
Co-op - Maintenance Equipment (Charlotte, NC) Charlotte NC
Co-op - Maintenance of Way and Structures Atlanta GA
Co-op - Mechanical Dept. (Various Locations) Various All Norfolk Southern Locations Co-op - Research and Tests Roanoke VA
Co-op - Service Design Atlanta GA
Co-op - Service Measurement/Equipment Planning Atlanta GA
Co-op - Transportation Planning Atlanta GA
Deck Foreman NORFOLK VA
Dispatcher Atlanta GA
Information Technology Trainee ATLANTA GA
Information Technology- Program Management Office Analyst Atlanta GA
Intern - Financial Analyst Norfolk VA
Intern - Operations Research Atlanta GA
Management Trainee - Communications and Signals Various
All Norfolk Southern Locations Management Trainee - Maintenance of Way Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Management Trainee - Mechanical Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Management Trainee - Transportation Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Operations Supervisor Trainee - Communication & Signals Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Operations Supervisor Trainee - Track Maintenance Various All Norfolk Southern Locations
Signal Trainee Bedford VA
Signal Trainee Northeast PA
Signal Trainee Harrington DE
Signal Trainee williamson WV
Signal Trainee Chattanooga TN
Signal Trainee Columbus OH
Signal Trainee Dayton OH
Signal Trainee Laporte IN
Special Agent-Camden NJ Camden NJ
Supervisor Capital Accounting Roanoke VA
Telephone Maintainer Memphis TN
Track Laborer Bryan/Kendallville OH
Track Laborer CHICAGO AREA IL
Track Laborer ELKHART IN
Track Laborer TOLEDO OH
Track Laborer CROXTON NJ
Track Laborer Dover DE
Track Laborer Buffalo NY
Track Laborer Bethlehem PA
Track Laborer Columbus GA
Track Laborer Wilton AL
Track Laborer Grand Jct TN
Track Laborer Huntsville AL
Track Laborer Vance AL
Track Laborer Huntingburg IN
Track Laborer Kansas City MO
Track Laborer St Louis MO
Track Laborer Lafayette IN
Track Laborer Dayton OH
Track Laborer Montpelier IN
Track Laborer Plymouth IN
Track Laborer Harrisburg PA
Track Laborer Reading PA
Track Laborer Lewistown/Huntingdon PA
Track Laborer Cresson PA
Track Laborer Youngstown/Ashtabula OH
Track Laborer Leechburg PA
Track Laborer Pittsburgh PA
Track Laborer Waynesburg PA
Track Laborer Alliance/Canton OH
Track Laborer Martinsville VA
Track Laborer Front Royal VA
Track Laborer Morristown TN
Track Laborer Valdosta GA
Track Laborer Cordele GA
Track Laborer Hazelhurst GA
Track Laborer Gordon GA
Track Laborer Griffin GA
Track Laborer Atlanta GA
Track Laborer McDonough GA
Track Laborer Asheville NC
Track Laborer Columbia SC
Track Laborer Greensboro NC
Track Laborer Hickory NC
Track Laborer Linwood NC
Track Laborer Chester SC
Track Laborer Greenville SC
Track Laborer Crewe VA
Assistant Vice President Industrial Development21-09 Jacksonville, FL
Bridge Tender144-09Puget Sound & Pacific RR (PSAP), Elma, WA
Car Repairman (2)131-09Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CFER), Ft. Wayne, IN
Carman (2)125-09 Connecticut Southern RW (CSOR), East Hartford, CT
Director, Government Relations (West)128-09 To be determined (US based),
Locomotive Machinist135-09 Kiamichi Railroad (KRRR), Hugo, OK
Maintenance of Way Laborer145-09 Puget Sound & Pacific RR (PSAP), Elma, WA
Manager Transportation Logistics Center129-09 RailAmerica Operations Shared Services (ROSS), Phillipsburg, KS
Master Mechanic91-09 Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad (TPWR), East Peoria, IL
Mechanical Assistant117-09 Indiana Southern Railroad (ISRR), Petersburg, IN
Mechanical Laborer133-09 South Carolina Central RR (SCRF), Darlington, SC
Real Estate Manager65-09 Jacksonville, FL
Roadmaster126-09 Indiana & Ohio Railway (IORY), Lima, OH
Signal Maintainer 146-09 Missouri & Northern AR RR (MNAR), Cotter, AR
Signal Maintainer 120-09 San Joaquin Valley RR (SJVR), Bakersfield, CA
Track Inspector143-09 San Joaquin Valley RR (SJVR), Fresno, CA
Track Laborer142-09 Alabama Gulf & Coast Railroad (AGR), Pensacola/Cantonment, FL
Train Service Employee 140-09 Alabama Gulf & Coast Railroad (AGR), Demopolis, AL
Train Service Employee 132-09 Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CFER), Ft. Wayne, IN
Train Service Employee 118-09 Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CFER), Ft. Wayne, IN
Train Service Employee 134-09 Huron & Eastern Railway (HESR), Bay City, MI
Train Service Employee 127-09 Indiana Southern Railroad (ISRR), Petersburg, IN