Electrician - Diesel Engines
Union Pacific - Denver, CO

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Diesel Electricians perform the inspection, repair and maintenance of the electrical components on 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; lift/carry and push/pull objects weighing 25 lbs to 70 lbs occasionally; performing work while occasionally bending and stooping and in awkward postural positions; performing occasional overhead work for short periods of time; and remaining standing or sitting for more than one-half of every work day with the opportunity to periodically change position for comfort.

  • Perform, with use of blueprints, schematics and location circuit plans, scheduled electrical inspections of various components and inspection and test of circuitry in accordance with company and industry standards.

  • 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.

  • Ensure that all signals, lights, and other safety appliances used by employees for protection are properly displayed and used.

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

  • Diagnose electrical malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components, assess the nature of problems, and identify corrective action needed.

  • Perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in locomotive cabs or electrical compartments and perform maintenance for miscellaneous equipment using blueprints, schematics, and location circuit plans.

  • Work with shop machines and tools.

  • Plan and coordinate work activities, determine equipment needs, and develop sequences of steps to get work completed.

  • Read, interpret and understand written or electronic information, maintain the information, and compile reports.

  • Communicate with others, verbally and in writing, technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information.

  • Assist other employees as needed.

Required Education, Training, Experience or Skills:
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age

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

  • 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.

  • Provide verifiable documentation of at least one of the following: A combination of electrical education and some work experience totaling at least 2 year(s); OR A minimum of 2 year(s) of work experience in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or electrical components; OR a current journeyman's electrical 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 in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or electrical components

  • Provide verifiable documentation of a minimum of 4 years of combined electrical education and work experience in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, OR 4 years of electrical work experience, OR a current journeyman's electrical 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 Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

  • 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 in a shop environment, and frequently outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.
    • With, on, and around moving or rotating heavy equipment.
    • At heights of 20 feet or more above the ground occasionally.
    • In confined spaces.
    • Forty-hour workweeks that may include variable shifts with overtime and work on rest days, holidays, and weekends.

  • Union Pacific operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be required to work various shifts, overtime, holidays and weekend.

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

  • 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...