Freight Car Repairer
America's economy depends on the safe transport of our customers' goods. As a Freight Car Repairer, you will help keep Union Pacific's 108,000 freight cars in good working order. It's a big job: If you lined our fleet of freight cars from end to end, they’d stretch 1,500 miles – from Omaha to Los Angeles.
You will inspect, repair and maintain freight cars, using handtools, power tools, cutting torches and welding equipment. You will make pre-trip inspections, keeping an eye on freight, ensuring that loads haven’t shifted. You will keep the cars cleaned and painted.
This is outdoor and physical work involving kneeling, bending and stooping.
- All employees must be at least 18 years old.
- You must speak and read English because you will be asked to follow government regulations and instructions.
- You will need a journeyperson's card or four years of verifiable work experience as a railroad car repairer.
- You must be able to use all tools required to repair freight cars and to perform heavy, physical labor.
- You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.
- You must know how to operate various hand and power tools, including cutting torches and welding equipment.
As a newly hired Freight Car Repairer, you can expect to earn about $27.40 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements. Apprentice Freight Car Repairers can expect to earn about $17.90 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements.
During your first few months as a Freight Car Repairer, you will receive training in safety, freight car maintenance, American Association of Railroads (AAR) repair procedures, and airbrake testing and repair. Over the course of your first year, you will receive more in-depth training in specific airbrake systems, AAR rules, Federal Railroad Administration rules and freight car repair. Your training will continue as your job changes and as the railroad adopts new technology.
As an Apprentice Freight Car Repairer, you will receive formal classroom and hands-on training as part of a three-year apprenticeship. You will learn primarily by performing specific tasks under the guidance of a journeyperson.
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