Posted 6 months ago

Train Crew

  • Full-time
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

Join a profession that has been building America for more than 150 years. As a member of Union Pacific's Train Engine and Yard workforce, you’ll work as a Conductor, Engineer or yard employee. You will play an integral role in the safe movement of our freight trains both in the yard and throughout the Union Pacific System. You will serve Union Pacific customers throughout North America. Full time Train Crew employees on average can earn $60,000 per year (depending on hours worked) for the first two years, plus benefits. Rate of pay starts at $40,000.


  • Ensure safe, on-time train operation and movement between various shop locations, service tracks and switching areas
  • Inspect the conditions and operations of equipment and machines, analyzing and troubleshooting problems to find solutions, and making adjustments as needed
  • Perform various tasks including: removing, replacing and carrying knuckles; aligning drawbars, coupling equipment and cars; operating locomotive equipment through a remote control device; applying and releasing hand brakes; riding rail cars; climbing onto equipment and communicating clearly with co-workers and train dispatchers via radio
  • Monitor, observe, interpret and relay signals and placards to gather and communicate information
  • Prepare written documentation and materials as needed
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Work effectively and productively under stressful working conditions


  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to read and understand all instructions including 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 will be granted an interview is based upon hiring needs. If you have taken this test and failed within the last six months, you will not be eligible to apply for this position. Click here to see a sample of the Train Crew Test Battery.
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test
  • Experience working with, on and around moving heavy equipment
  • Completed a railroad conductor training course or program
  • Experience working with, on and around moving heavy equipment
  • Completed a railroad conductor training course or program

Physical Requirements

  • Must have normal color vision
  • Able to perform physically strenuous work
  • Able to push and pull objects weighing up to 87 lbs
  • Able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 85 lbs
  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing
  • Able to occasionally walk, climb, and maintain balance on railcars, locomotives, stairs, ladders, uneven terrain, moving equipment, rails and ballast in a safe manner
  • Have normal depth perception to judge the speed and distance of locomotives being moved in the service area
  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects
  • Able to respond quickly to sounds
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel
  • 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

Work Conditions

  • Travel Requirements: Travel away from home more than 1 day at a time
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Experience working 2nd and/or 3rd shifts
  • Expected to work varied schedules, including on-call, overtime, shifts, 7 days a week, as well as weekends and holidays
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Work at heights of 12 feet or more
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Prepared to live and work in the location you applied for a minimum of the next two years
  • Must not have interviewed for this position within the last six months from the date of the interview
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • In the past 36 months, and in connection with the operating of a motor vehicle, you must not have had any of the following: (1) the suspension, revocation, cancellation, or denial of your driver's license in an incident involving drugs or alcohol; (2) your participation in diversion or probation, or a guilty plea, in a drug or alcohol-related driving incident; OR (3) you refused to take a drug or alcohol test
  • Typically required to report to your assigned work location within 90 minutes of notice
  • 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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