Diesel Mechanic
Union Pacific 341 reviews - Kansas City, MO

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Diesel Mechanics are responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance of the engine and mechanical components of diesel electric locomotives. Physical duties involve occasionally climbing and maintaining balance on locomotive steps and ladders to gain access to the locomotive roof; maintaining balance when occasionally walking on catwalks, running boards, uneven terrain, ballast, and roofs while making repairs; stepping around objects and equipment on the floor; performing work while occasionally bending and stooping, and being in awkward postural positions; performing occasional overhead work for short periods of time; lift/carry and push/pull objects weighing 25 lbs (frequently) and up to 86 lbs. (usually with assistance); and remaining standing or sitting for more than one-half of every work day with the opportunity to periodically change position for comfort.

  • Read, interpret, understand, and find (if necessary) written or electronic information, including information from diagrams, schematics, blueprints, graphs, and charts, and input information as needed into a computer.

  • Detect and interpret visual color signals and displays at near and far distances; identify alterations of objects (size, shape, temperature); detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and tests (leaks in air systems); use depth perception to judge speed and distance of locomotives being moved on service area, and listen to detect warning signals.

  • Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and standards.

  • Ensure safety of self and co-workers.

  • Inspect and service the diesel locomotive fleet in compliance with company, federal, and industry standards.

  • Diagnose diesel engine, air compressor, and other locomotive mechanical system malfunctions.

  • Repair, replace, or rebuild locomotive and diesel engine components as needed.

  • Prepare equipment and materials as needed, and effectively operate the equipment, including the following:
    • Measuring instruments (micrometers, tape measures, dial calipers).
    • Precision machines (drill and punch presses, bench lathes).
    • Hand tools (drills, wrenches, grinders).
    • Material handling equipment (forklifts, cranes, overhead hoists).

  • Maximize locomotive availability for the company.

  • Conduct job briefings to ensure safe and effective coordination of activities.

  • Ensure that all equipment or materials are available and ready for use as needed.

  • Communicate technical information, job briefing information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information with others through writing, in-person interaction, telephone, radio, and intercom.

Required Education, Training, Experience or Skills:
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • 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.

  • Verifiable documentation of a minimum of 2 year(s) years of combined mechanical education and work experience with trucks, ships, farm equipment, airplanes, trains OR 2 year(s) years of mechanical work experience OR a current journeyman's mechanical card

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations

  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner in order to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)

  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship

  • Applicants must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test

Preferred Education, Training, Experience or Skills:
  • An Associates Degree or higher or a certificate in Diesel Technology

  • Verifiable documentation of a minimum of 4 years of combined mechanical education and work experience with trucks, ships, farm equipment, airplanes, trains OR 4 years of mechanical work experience OR a current journeyman's mechanical card.

  • On a post-offer basis, Union Pacific will conduct an investigation into newly hired or transferred employees regarding their past employment, state and federal criminal history, military history, driving history, education, professional license or certification verification if job-related, Social Security number, prior drug history, and other job-related information. Individuals must pass a background investigation for employment. Click here for Union Pacific's policy regarding background investigations.

  • Employment with Union Pacific is contingent upon the successful completion of a medical examination for newly hired or transferred employees. The medical examination includes a drug screen, a color vision exam, and a medical assessment to ensure that candidates can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. In addition, the company conducts for-cause, post-accident, and random drug and alcohol testing of its employees.

  • International Association of Machinists.

  • Union membership initiation fee and monthly dues or assessments are required as per the collective bargaining agreement.

  • There is a probationary period which is governed by the collective bargaining agreement based on territory

  • These positions are governed by a collective bargaining agreement. Membership to the respective labor union is required

Work Conditions:
  • Must wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires. In addition, they must become respirator certified. They will be working:
    • Indoors and outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.
    • At heights of 18 feet or more above the ground.
    • With, on, and around moving or rotating heavy equipment.
    • In confined spaces.
    • Working forty-hour work weeks that may include variable shifts with overtime and work on rest days, holidays and weekends.

  • The pay rate for this position is set by the union agreement and cannot be individually negotiated.

  • Must have zero work related safety violations in the past two years

  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Must practice safe work habits to prevent on the job accidents and injuries. Must utilize all protective equipment assigned

  • Compliance with the applicable attendance policy is an essential function of this position

  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives and cranes

  • Job applicants who have previously interviewed for this position regardless of geographical location can only reapply for this position after a period of six months has elapsed from the date of the interview

  • Please apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work.

  • Union Pacific is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace

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Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) is engaged in the transportation business. The Company’s operating company, Union Pacific Railroad...