Sheet Metal Worker

Union Pacific
Chicago, Illinois, United States View on Map
Apply Before : September 9, 2024
Job Description

The objectives of the job are to (1) inspect and service locomotive pneumatic and hydraulic systems (air, fuel, water and sanding systems); (2) troubleshoot and repair malfunctions in locomotive pneumatic and hydraulics systems; (3) fabricate or modify locomotive and engine components; (4) install, maintain and repair plumbing; (5) operate shop machines and tools; and (6) assure safety for self and coworkers.


  • Diagnose malfunctions in diesel engines, air equipment, trucks, etc., to determine the nature of problems and possible corrective actions, and complete repairs to air systems and fuel/oil systems
  • Fabricate or modify locomotive and engine components; cut, shape, smooth, and perform rough and finish operations using various metals, and utilize such methods as seaming, riveting, bolting, soldering and welding to modify components
  • Functions include maximizing locomotive availability for the company, operating shop machines and tools, and assuring safety for self and coworkers
  • Able to safely and effectively operate clamps and vises, acetylene torches, electric and gas welding equipment, and material handling equipment
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations
  • Locate and isolate mechanical problems, identify possible corrective actions and select the appropriate action(s)
  • Perform activities on or around moving or rotating equipment
  • Complete welding and cutting operations
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)



  • Proficient verbal communication skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Able to work well with others in groups, cooperating with others, and offering to help when needed
  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test


  • Experience working various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends
  • Experience welding
  • 4 years or more experience working with sheet metal

Physical Requirements

  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing
  • 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
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Able to occasionally perform overhead work
  • Able to remain standing or sitting for more than one-half of every work day with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel
  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects
  • Able to occasionally lift and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs
  • Able to occasionally push and pull objects weighing up to 109 lbs
  • Able to occasionally climb and maintain balance to access and complete maintenance work

Work Conditions

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Work at heights of 12 feet or more
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives and cranes
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Position is governed by International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART-MD)
  • Must be available to work forty-hour work weeks that may include variable shifts with overtime and work on rest days; holidays and weekends
  • Respirator certified
  • Work will take place both in a shop environment and outside
  • Must be available to work any shift
  • 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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