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Train Crew

What Will You Do?

  • Train Crew employees are responsible for serving our customers by providing the safe, on-time, and on-plan movement of freight trains
  • You will not work a standard 40-hour week with variable work hours and irregularly scheduled days off. Train Crew employees are often on-call, even on nights, weekends and holidays, and are typically required to report to work within 90 minutes of notification
  • You may also travel with our trains, sometimes spending a day or more away from your home terminal
  • The railroad never stops, so you will be working outdoors in all weather conditions - including snow, ice, rain, cold and heat
  • Safety is our number one priority. As a company, we continuously look for innovative approaches to enhance the safety of our employees, our communities and the customers we serve. To ensure you and others stay safe, you must wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats and hearing protection where the company requires

What Will You Learn?

You do not need any previous railroad experience; we provide all the necessary training.  Your first 8 weeks on the job will be dedicated to formal training both in the classroom and in the field.  You'll learn about how work safely, operate rail equipment and move and classify freight cars within a Union Pacific yard.  


Union Pacific operates in 23 states west of the Mississippi River. As a Train Crew employee, you will be assigned to a specific hub and this will dictate the geographic region in which you will work. You may be required to travel to or be assigned work at any location within that hub. Assignments within the hub are based on seniority.

What does the Pre-Employment Test Entail?

Please review the testing information at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.


A newly hired Train Crew employee can expect to earn $71,000 - $81,000 per year during their first 1-4 years of service. Advancement to other Train Crew positions has earning potential up to $88,000 a year or more. A Train Crew employee is paid on a trip rate for a yard, local, or thru freight assignment. Your actual pay will depend on location and Union-negotiated agreements.

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Field Manager

Technical Trainer

Train Dispatcher


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