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Electrical Apprentice Signal Trainee - Various Locations

Date: Jun 19, 2022

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23507 Chicago, IL, US, 60609 Harrisburg, PA, US, 17110 Raleigh, NC, US, 27608 Moberly, MO, US, 65270 High Point, NC, US, 27260 Columbia, SC, US, 29201 Cranberry Township, PA, US, 16066 Portsmouth, OH, US, 45662 Cincinnati, OH, US, 45203 Indianapolis, IN, US, 46240 Newark, NJ, US, 7105 Augusta, GA, US, 30901 Goshen, IN, US, 46528 Charlotte, NC, US, 28206 Maple Heights, OH, US, 44137 Hattiesburg, MS, US, 39401 Muncie, IN, US, 47303 Chattanooga, TN, US, 37405 Lewistown, PA, US, 17044 Atlanta, GA, US, 30318 Birmingham, AL, US, 35210 Camden, NJ, US, 8105 Detroit, MI, US, 48212 Bellevue, OH, US, 44811 Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49048 Macon, GA, US, 31206 Bluefield, WV, US, 24701 Decatur, IL, US, 62521 Ann Arbor, MI, US, 48104 North Charleston, SC, US, 29405 Manassas, VA, US, 20110 Huntsville, AL, US, 35801 Crewe, VA, US, 23930 Danville, KY, US, 40422 Roanoke, VA, US, 24016 Lexington, KY, US, 40508 Philadelphia, PA, US, 19148 Toccoa, GA, US, 30577 Petersburg, VA, US, 23805 Williamson, WV, US, 25661-4500 Decatur, AL, US, 35601 Suffolk, VA, US, 23434 South Whitley, IN, US, 46787 Knoxville, TN, US, 37924 Kansas City, MO, US, 64161 Baltimore, MD, US, 21224 Meridian, MS, US, 39301 Louisville, KY, US, 40212 Tuscaloosa, AL, US, 35401 Newark, DE, US, 19713 Toledo, OH, US, 43604 Grundy, VA, US, 24614 Altoona, PA, US, 16601 Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46803 South Bend, IN, US, 46619 Saint Louis, MO, US, 63147 Mansfield, OH, US, 44902 Buffalo, NY, US, 14210 New Orleans, LA, US, 70117 Kenova, WV, US, 25530 Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 29508: 2022 Electrical Apprentice Signal Trainee - Various Locations 



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


Principal Duties:

  • Signal Workers 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.


Apprentice Signal Trainee Training Program

  • 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.

              Week 1-3: Signal Training-1 (McDonough, GA)

              Week 4-16: OJT Signal Construction Gang

              Week 11-9: Signal Training-2 (McDonough, GA)

              Weeks 20-40: OJT Signal Maintenance Training

              Week 41-43: Signal Training-3 (McDonough, GA)

              Weeks 44-52: Additional OJT training

  • The in-class portion of the training program consists of three sessions that are three weeks long each. These sessions are 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 eligible to bid on Signalman or Signal Maintainer roles.

Eastern Region Seniority Districts: Buffalo NY, Binghamton NY, Albany NY, Hartford CT, Allentown PA, Reading PA, Harrisburg PA, Pittsburgh, PA

N&W Region Seniority Districts: Erie PA, Cleveland OH, Akron OH, Columbus OH, Fort Wayne IN, A

Southern Lines East Seniority Districts: Raleigh NC, Ashville NC, Charlotte NC, Columbia SC, Greenville SC, Gainesville GA, Knoxville TN, Memphis TN, Huntsville AL, Jackson MS

Southern Lines West Seniority Districts: Jacksonville FL, Macon GA, Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Hattiesburg MS, Chattanooga GA, Louisville KY, Evansville IN, St. Louis MO, Lexington KY

  • Probation period is 90 days.
  • Required to get Class A CDL in probation period.


Rate of Pay

The rate of pay for Signal Trainees during the first three (3) weeks of Signal Training 1 (ST1) 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 (97%) of the Assistant’s classification. After 130 days of apprentice training, Signal Trainees will advance to the second step rate (98%) of the Assistant’s classification and upon completion of the training program Signal Trainees will be increased to the full rate of an Assistant Signalman/Assistant Maintainer. The current Assistant Signalmen/Signal Maintainers rate is $30.63 per hour.


Medical Benefits

  • Company Benefits - Eligible 1st day of second month after hire (during training)
  • 80/20 plan for employee, spouse, and eligible dependents
  • Union Benefits available after mark-up from Trainee status
  • Medical (Managed or 85/15 Plan)
  • $20K Life Insurance
  • 401 (K) First Day of Employment
  • After 1st year of service: Eligible for Dental / Vision


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 Engineering 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: Hampton Roads