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2023 Civil Engineering Management Trainee

Date: Jan 22, 2023

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46240

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 33971: 2023 Civil Engineering Management Trainee 




Job Summary

Provides engineering and technical support for Norfolk Southern’ s business attraction and industrial development efforts. Oversees conceptual planning of track connections and expansions for new and expanding customers across a multistate territory. Promotes rail-inclusive development planning for industrial sites and parks accessible by Norfolk Southern.


Primary Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Produces conceptual engineering plans for new and expanding customers across the eastern U.S.
  • Advises existing and prospective customers on rail facility design, considering track geometry and capacity, safe on-site railcar handling, up- and downstream railroad operations, environmental impacts, alternative development strategies, and future expansion potential.
  • Produces track schematics, operations animations, and renderings to illustrate engineering proposals and align internal and external project stakeholders on site development strategies.
  • Participates in meetings with customers and engineering consultants to discuss track and site development solutions.
  • Participates in discussions with Norfolk Southern’ s Operations and Engineering teams to obtain internal approvals on track alignments and capacity requirements for newly constructed customer rail facilities.
  • Collaborates with Norfolk Southern’ s Industrial Development Managers and with external economic development partners on rail-inclusive site planning and site marketing to industrial prospects.
  • Produces exhibit drawings for inclusion in customer track agreements.
  • Assists Industrial Development Managers and GIS Services teams in the management of our GIS database.



Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years of combined experience in site development, railroad engineering, transportation engineering, or project/construction management.
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) Certificate

Technical Skills:

  • Computer-aided design (Bentley MicroStation, Bentley OpenRoads, Bentley OpenSite, AutoDesk AutoCAD, AutoDesk Civil3D, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office software (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint)

Aptitudes and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of transportation and land development engineering
  • Written, verbal, and visual communication skills
  • Poise in front of customers/clients
  • Relationship development skills
  • Organization, planning, and prioritization of concurrent projects
  • Problem solving and decision-making abilities
  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm

Career Path:

   Predecessor Jobs:

  • Co-op/Intern

   Future Jobs:

  • Development Engineer
  • Planning Engineer
  • Industrial Development Manager


Work Conditions

Environment: hybrid office/remote

Shift work: no

On-call: no

Weekend work: no

Travel required: up to 20%



Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.


Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis