Mechanical Service Oper-Loco

Union Pacific
Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States View on Map
Apply Before : September 9, 2024
Job Description

Join a team of dedicated railroaders to provide vital maintenance and services to trains, so they can continue to serve Union Pacific customers across North America! As a Mechanical Service Operator, you’ll be responsible for everything from stocking locomotives with necessary materials to cleaning assigned areas to help operate locomotives in shop and service areas. On this vital team, you’ll become familiar with all functions of the shop environment and will gain a big-picture understanding of Union Pacific’s mechanical operations! We are powered by our people, will you join our team?


  • Restock locomotives with all necessary materials, including drinking water, sand, and spare parts
  • Clean interiors and exteriors of locomotives including floors, parts, and engine car body
  • Perform air brake tests and inspect materials, equipment, and machinery for any defects or unsafe conditions
  • Operate locomotives between various shop locations, service tracks, and switching areas, and line switches and operate derails to assist hostlers
  • Safely and effectively operate shop machines and tools, which may include forklifts, backhoes, bobcats, mobile cranes or high-pressure steam cleaning equipment
  • Communicate effectively with team members via hand radio and hand signals on service track and other areas
  • Take initiative, make meaningful contributions, be open to change, and take responsibility for the quality and timely completion of one’s tasks
  • Ensure compliance with all rules and regulations for safety and operations
  • Ensure the safety of self and co-workers
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle controversy
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Valid driver’s license
  • Able to understand and apply safety rules, practice safe work habits, identify safety risks and avoid potentially risky behaviors and situations
  • Mechanical experience understanding and applying basic mechanical principles to solve mechanical problems
  • Experience with computers and basic keyboarding skills
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Able to effectively work independently and in group settings
  • Able to perform basic arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and conversion of fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions to solve practical problems
  • Able to extract relevant information from tables, charts, graphs, and text
  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)
  • Candidates for this position must pass a pre-employment test in English before being allowed to interview. The number of candidates who pass the test and are granted an interview is based upon hiring needs. Click here to see a sample of the Carmen & Mechanical Service Operator Test.
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test


  • Basic electronic OR high voltage electricity experience
  • Basic hand AND power tool experience
  • Basic mechanical experience
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)

Physical Requirements

  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel and lift and carry objects weighing up to 85 lbs
  • Safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces
  • Must have manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and ability to perform physically strenuous work
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Must be able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays, and identify and determine the speed of moving objects at near or far distances
  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing
  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects, and the ability to respond quickly to sounds
  • Have normal depth perception to judge the speed and distance of locomotives being moved in the service area

Work Conditions

  • Willing to work in confined and/or small spaces
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives and cranes
  • Work at heights of 18 feet or more
  • Willing to work various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends
  • Successful completion of vocational classes in electronics or mechanics
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Travel Requirements: Occasionally
  • Benefit information can be found under the Benefits section on (
  • 18 years of age or older
  • To the extent required by federal law and/or collective bargaining agreement, membership to the respective labor union is required. The union agreement dictates the pay rate and cannot be individually negotiated. Monthly dues are the responsibility of the employee.
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