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2022 Electrical Apprentice Signal Trainee - Kansas City, MO (WRW)

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Location: N Kansas City, MO, US, 64116 N Kansas City, MO, US, 64116

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 34046: 2022 Electrical Apprentice Signal Trainee - Kansas City, MO (WRW) 


Primary Purpose:
Apprentice Signal Trainees will be trained to perform the duties of Signal Maintainer. Signal Maintainer are an important link between ensuring compliance to FRA regulations and customer satisfaction while achieving the safest most efficient railroad operations.


Principal Duties:

  • Signal Maintainer are primarily responsible for performing FRA regulatory test and inspection of the signals systems.
  • Install, repair, and maintain, test and inspect various equipment such as signals lights, switch machines, electrical switch locks, switch circuit controllers as well as crossing warning devices as well as the maintenance and repair of automatic classification yards.
  • Install, repair, maintain, test, and inspect signal systems including Automatic Block, Traffic Control, Positive Train Control, cab signal and interlocking systems
  • Other general duties include cable locates, painting and housekeeping of signal housings & equipment; climb and troubleshoot signal structures and make electrical connections.
  • Use of a wide variety of hand tools, on track high-rail equipment, and test instruments
  • Perform construction duties, including digging holes and trenches to lay cables, wiring apparatus, setting foundations, installing equipment, etc.



Successful applicants will participate in a 52-week paid apprenticeship training program that includes in-class theory and lab work with hands-on skill development in the field. The in-class portion of the training program consists of three sessions that are three weeks long each. These sessions are located in McDonough, GA and are mandatory. Apprentices will be required to pass a series of periodic tests relating to duties, responsibilities, and operating rules. In the circumstance that an apprentice fails any of the periodic testing, their application for employment may be rejected at that time. Apprentices that successfully complete the training will then be placed on the seniority district roster hired and is eligibe to bid on Signalman or Signal Maintainer roles.


Rate of Pay

The rate of pay for Signal Trainees during the first three (3) weeks of Signal Training 1 (ST1) at the Norfolk Southern Training Center, will be $350 per week. Trainees will also be afforded $20 per day for meal expenses while attending classes at the training center. Upon completion of the third week of ST1, Signal Trainees shall be paid at the first step rate of the Assistant’s classification, which is $29.40 per hour. After 130 days of apprentice training, Signal Trainees will advance to the second step rate of the Assistant’s classification, which is $29.71 per hour. Upon completion of 275 days of training, Signal Trainees will be increased to the full rate of an Assistant Signalman/Assistant Maintainer. The current Assistant Signalmen/Signal Maintainers rate is $30.31 per hour.


Job Related Experience:

  • Minimum Level:  1-2 years
  • Preferred Level:  3-5 years



  • Required: High School diploma or GED
  • Preferred Level:  Technical Certification or Associate degree (AS)
  • Preferred Majors: Electrical Technician, Electronics, or Electrical Engineer


Licenses / Certifications:

  • Required:  None listed
  • Preferred:  None listed


Skills and Abilities:

  • Time Management
  • Prioritizing Work Demands
  • Communication Skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Planning and Organizing
  • MS Excel/Spreadsheets, MS Outlook, and MS Word/Word Processing


Career Path:
Predecessor Jobs: None


Future Jobs: Supervisor C&S


Environment: Outdoor/Field
Shift Work:  No
On-Call:  Yes
Weekend Work:  Yes
Travel Required:  Yes

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.

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City