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Electronic Technician

Union Pacific has the largest private telecommunications network in the country. It is the central nervous system of North America’s largest railroad.

As an Electronic Technician, you will install, maintain and restore service to UP’s telecommunications network. This includes radio, microwave, fiber optics, data, voice, LAN/WAN, PCs and other technology. You will build, repair and maintain pole lines and supports. You will install and maintain overhead and underground systems, using high-precision measuring tools, soldering irons, non-power tools and off-road vehicles.


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be able to speak and read English because you will be asked to follow various government regulations and instructions.
  • You must have a two-year associate's degree in electronics or equivalent military training or job experience
  • Be able to distinguish between colors
  • Have basic typing skills
  • If you are hired, you will have about eight months to get your Federal Communications Commission license.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.


  • Bailey Yard (North Platte, NE)
  • Hinkle Locomotive Facility (Hinkle, OR)
  • Davis Yard (Roseville, CA)
  • Jenks Shop (North Little Rock, AR)


Newly hired electronic technicians can expect to earn about $19.12 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements.


As an Electronic Technician, you will learn on-the-job to set up and maintain complex, state-of-the-art communications equipment. You must complete three technical training classes over a three-year period.

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