Software Developer

The Software Developer is responsible for working directly with business units and the Information Systems department to develop innovative cutting edge railroad systems. The Software Developer is involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle, from design to development to testing to deployment to maintenance. Successful candidates will be detail oriented, organized, able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, and display a high aptitude and interest for problem solving.

Who we are:
The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is the largest intermediate switching terminal railroad in North America with 28 miles of mainline track and more than 300 miles of switching tracks, enabling it to interchange with every railroad serving the Chicago rail hub. With Chicago being the largest hub of the railroad industry, approximately 40% of all railcars traversing North America come through Chicago. The Belt’ Class 1 Railroad Owner lines (CSX, Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Union Pacific, Canadian National, and Canadian Pacific), as well as several other railroads, bring trains to the Belt Railway to be efficiently separated, classified, and re-blocked for cross-country departure. The Belt Railway currently dispatches on a service-driven basis more than 8,400 rail cars per day.
What our Software Developers do:

  • Work to enhance our proprietary railroad systems
  • Design, analyze, develop, code, test, debug , and document complex railroad applications
  • Work with other team members to ensure the software meets requirements and is testable
  • Coordinate with team leadership to plan work
  • Help maintain COBOL applications

Who we’re looking for:

  • Undergraduate (or higher) degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, CIS, MIS, Business, or Engineering
  • 0 – 10 years of experience
  • Proven implementation skills in JAVA
  • Strong experience with object oriented programming
  • Knowledge with working in UNIX environment
  • Solid SQL and relational database experience
  • Knowledge of COBOL and IBM iSeries a plus
  • Proven ability to provide creative and elegant solutions to problems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new technologies

Resumes can be submitted by email at hr@beltrailway.com, by fax at (708) 496-4005 to Human Resources, or can be dropped off with Human Resources. No phone calls, please.

POSTED: December 5, 2014

Communications Electrician

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is seeking a Communications Electrician. FCC license is preferred. 2-5 years of professional experience required with repair and installation of electronic equipment, such as security camera systems, radios, data transmission and storage devices, and phone systems. 3+ years of stable employment (full-time equivalent), HSD or equivalent and driver’s license required. Must be able to work variable shifts.

Resumes should be submitted by email at hr@beltrailway.com, by fax at (708) 496-4005. No phone calls please. Veterans encouraged to apply.

POSTED: January 7, 2015

Train Service Employees/Switchpersons

The Belt Railway of Chicago is currently seeking train service employees. Must be able to work variable shifts, on-call, and in an outdoor environment. 2+ years of stable employment experience and HSD or equivalent required. Veterans are encouraged to apply. Good pay and benefits. Send resume to hr@beltrailway.com or fax to 708 496 4005. No phone calls, please.


2+ years of stable employment experience

HSD or equivalent

The work is outdoors; exposed to all types of weather conditions.

There is a probationary period.

Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Must be able to walk outdoors on rock ballast for 8-12 hours daily, climb on and off of equipment, lift and carry 80 lb. knuckles

The position is represented by United Transportation Union, with initiation and monthly dues required.

You will be on-call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Includes weekends and holidays. Must be available to report on short notice. (You should consider the long-term effect of the above lifestyle on your personal and/or domestic situation.)


A train service employee is responsible for the safe movement of freight trains and switching of cars in the yards. Specific functions will include frequently climbing ladders to board standing cars, operating hand brakes, coupling air hoses between cars, operating track switches, inspecting cars and using hand and lantern signals, radio communications and remote control technology to control train movement. This is not a typical 40-hour-a-week opportunity; the position consists of variable and irregular work hours with irregularly scheduled days off. Train service employees work weekends and holidays on an “on call” basis, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


Get on and off stationary equipment; couple and uncouple air hose and electrical connections between cars; ride on moving cars by holding onto grab irons and standing on ladder steps; assist in moving replacement knuckle to location of broken knuckle; assist in removal and replacement of broken knuckle; assist in aligning of drawbars by using available equipment to lift, pull or push on the drawbar.


 Send resume to hr@beltrailway.com. No phone calls please. The above information is not intended to incorporate every function of the position, it is to be used for informational purpose and does not fully address ergonomic conditions, and is not to be considered a BRC official job description.

DATE: April 15, 2015


Communications and Signal Supervisor

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is currently accepting resumes for a Communications and Signal Supervisor. The successful candidate for this position will effectively manage employees and daily responsibilities in both BRC Communications and Signal Departments. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting work assignments for contract employees, overseeing FRA testing, ensuring proper maintenance of BRC’s communications and signal systems, overseeing work rule and union grievance issues, promoting and enforcing safe work practices within the Communications and Signal Departments, and other responsibilities as necessary. This position must cooperatively interact with other departments and external contractors, vendors, government inspectors, etc.


  • Minimum 5 years of stable employment in the Railroad industry
  • Familiar with pertinent rules and regulations associated with Communications and Signal
  • Knowledge of computer-based maintenance tracking programs preferred
  • Some college or related professional training required
  • PC aptitude (Email, Word, Excel)
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work variable shifts when position requirements dictate
  • Proven background in management skills self-development preferred


Qualified applicants should forward resume and cover letter to BRC Human Resources Department or email to hr@beltrailway.com.