Welder Helper

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

Join a team of Welder Helpers with a record of repairing railroad tracks for Union Pacific over 150 years! Welder Helpers assist in the operation of any welding device used in the performance of repairing, tempering, and cutting rails, frogs and switches, and such other required welding. By repairing or replacing tracks as needed, you’ll enable Union Pacific to move trains safely and efficiently to serve its customers throughout North America! We are powered by our people, will you join our team?

Required Certifications:

For this position, you will be required to become a Union Pacific certified driver during your probationary period. To become certified, you must meet the following Motor Vehicle and Medical Requirements:

1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

2. Have valid driver’s license

3. Have an acceptable driving record per your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)

4. Acquire your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) if you will be operating a vehicle(s) with a GVWR of 26,000 lbs or greater. If this is required, you will need to obtain your CDL during your probationary period.

Medical Requirements:

Must meet the medical requirements (also called physical qualifications) for commercial motor vehicle drivers as specified by the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA physical qualifications for drivers can be found on the FMCSA homepage. Health and Medical Services at Union Pacific Railroad will make the final determination on whether or not an individual meets the FMCSA medical qualifications, and may add additional medical requirements to assure the person can safely perform job tasks, with or without accommodation.


  • Perform maintenance on the tracks, repair, install and remove components as needed
  • Handle and move track materials and equipment using load/unload devices
  • Observe the condition of track for problems or defects, observe right-of-way and passing trains for shifted loads and spillage
  • Safely and efficiently operate equipment to drive spikes, loosen or tighten track bolts, and use pullers to remove spikes
  • Maintain trackbed: remove and replace ballast, tamp ballast, unload or assist in unloading ballast from ballast cars
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle controversy
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Valid driver’s license
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A or Class B, or can obtain one within your probationary period
  • Able to read and comprehend regulations and instructions
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • 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. If you have taken this test for any of the jobs listedĀ hereĀ and failed within the last six months, you will not be eligible to apply for this position. Click here to see a sample of theĀ Workplace Practices Test.
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of theĀ Physical Abilities Test


  • Experience of 1 year or more in Railroad Maintenance of Way work
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience working in a construction-type setting (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience operating heavy equipment such as construction, farm, etc. (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience welding or a welding certificate (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A or Class B

Physical Requirements

  • Able to remain standing for more than one-half of every work day with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 65 lbs, and push and pull objects up to 119 lbs
  • Occasionally climb ladders to access truck storage and have the ability to frequently walk and maintain balance on a variety of surfaces
  • Able to perform physically strenuous work on a continuous basis and occasionally bend, stoop and kneel. Must have manual dexterity with eye-hand coordination

Work Conditions

  • Willing to work on-call, overtime, various shifts, 7 days a week, as well as weekends and holidays
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives and cranes
  • Benefit information can be found under the Benefits section on up.jobs (https://up.jobs/why/benefits/index.htm)
  • Travel Requirements: Extensive traveling across Union Pacific’s 23 state system could be required at any time with short notice
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • 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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