Mechanical Service Oper-Loco
Pocatello, ID 
Posted 2 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
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
Qualifications Required
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to read and understand all instructions including operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents
  • Able to understand and apply safety rules, practice safe work habits, identify safety risks and avoid potentially risky behaviors and situations
  • Experience with computers and basic keyboarding skills
  • 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
  • Mechanical experience understanding and applying basic mechanical principles to solve mechanical problems
  • 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. Click here to see a sample of the .
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the
  • Basic hand AND power tool experience
  • Basic mechanical experience
  • Basic electronic OR high voltage electricity experience
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
Physical Requirements
  • 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
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel and lift and carry objects weighing up to 85 lbs
Work Conditions
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • 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
  • Travel Requirements: Occasionally
  • Benefit information can be found under the Benefits section on (
  • Willing to work in confined and/or small spaces
  • Willing to work various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends
  • Successful completion of vocational classes in electronics or mechanics
  • 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.

COVID-19: Union Pacific complies with its federal contractor obligations concerning the spread of COVID-19; however, the vaccination mandate is currently stayed. Union Pacific will update our employees and applicants of any changes to these obligations as warranted.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation: Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer . Union Pacific is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce where equal employment opportunities are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or genetic information. Union Pacific strictly prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on protected status. Union Pacific is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its employment of individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please use this link to submit a request.

Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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