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Company: Union Pacific Railroad
Location: Stockton, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Transportation, Logistics, Trucking


Mechanical Service Operators assist in the movement of locomotives in the shop area; perform service, cleanup and fueling of locomotives; and operate a forklift.


Provide locomotives with all necessary materials (drinking water, sand, spare parts, etc.). Scrape engine car body and spray engine parts with solvents to remove grease, oil, and/or sludge. Inspect materials, equipment, and machinery for any defects or unsafe conditions. Clean assigned areas (sweep floors, empty trash, clean parts, and remove residue off of floors). Operate locomotives between various shop locations, service tracks, and switching areas. Maintain balance and careful footing on various surfaces working around surrounding equipment and materials. Line switches and operate derails to assist hostlers. Lift and carry 40 pounds (frequently) and up to 86 pounds (rarely-often with assistance); push/pull at a minimum of 50 pounds. Perform air brake tests. Communicate effectively with team members via hand radio and hand signals on service track. Accurately transcribe numbers and English words onto forms. Detect and interpret visual color signals and displays at near and far distances, use depth perception to judge speed and distance of locomotives being moved on service area, and hearing sufficient to detect warning signals. Safely and effectively operate shop machines and tools such as high-pressure steam cleaning equipment, locomotive cranes, and sand cranes. Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures, wear prescribed safety apparel; take appropriate action when conditions threaten safety of self or coworkers; ensure equipment and work area are in safe operating condition before starting work..


Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Computer literate and have basic keyboarding skills. Applicants receiving a conditional job offer must pass a color vision assessment to ensure that they are able to perform the essential functions of the job by adequately discerning different colors. Applicants must have the ability to effectively and accurately understand, interpret, reference, evaluate, organize, and record non-technical and technical information. Able and willing to understand and apply safety rules, practice safe work habits, identify safety risks, and avoid potentially risky behaviors and situations Applicants must have the ability 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. In addition, applicants must be able to extract relevant information from tables, charts, graphs, and text. Applicants must have the ability to understand and apply basic mechanical principles to solve mechanical problems. Applicants must have the ability to communicate and work well both independently and with others. Applicants must be open to change, take initiative, make meaningful contributions, and take responsibility for the quality and timely completion of one's tasks. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment test in English before being allowed to interview. If you have taken the Skilled Craft Battery Test for this position and failed within the last six months, you will not be eligible to apply for this posting. The number of candidates who pass the test and are invited to interview will be based upon hiring needs. Click here to see a sample of the Skilled Craft Battery test. Agree to all listed job requirements, e.g. pay, shift work, outdoor work, confined spaces, etc. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations. Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship. Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner in order to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s). Continued employment is contingent upon successful demonstration of the skill and being able to pass the Locomotive Moving Training during the probationary period. Must have a valid driver's license. Applicants must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test


With more than 8,000 locomotives and 107,000 freight cars, mechanics at all career levels can find opportunities at Union Pacific's many shops. Mechanical employees inspect, repair and maintain freight cars and locomotives. By ensuring the equipment is in good working order, Union Pacific can offer safe, reliable transport of customer goods.


Union Pacific is one of America's premier transportation and logistics companies, linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serving many of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. Generations of Americans have built successful careers at Union Pacific and in the process, they've helped build a nation – delivering lumber for our homes, food for our tables, energy for our power plants and the countless raw materials and finished goods that supply the American way of life.

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