Work Equipment Mechanic Shop - Denver, CO

Date:  Mar 29, 2024

DENVER, CO, US, 80000

Reference Number:  1184 
Department: Engineering 
Closing Date:  Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.
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Rate of Pay$39.30/Hourly



Join our team as a Work Equipment Mechanic! As a valued member of our engineering department, you'll play a crucial role in maintaining and repairing a wide range of tools, equipment, and machines. By ensuring the reliability and efficiency of our equipment, you'll directly contribute to Union Pacific's ability to safely transport goods across North America. We believe in the power of our people, and we invite you to be a part of our team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform maintenance and repair tasks on various tools, equipment, and machines utilized by our engineering department.
  • Conduct regular inspections to identify potential issues and address them proactively.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions, troubleshoot problems, and implement effective solutions.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop maintenance schedules and optimize equipment performance.
  • Follow safety protocols and adhere to established procedures to ensure a secure work environment.
  • Keep accurate records of maintenance activities, including documentation of repairs, inspections, and parts inventory.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to provide own transportation and maintain an acceptable driving record according to Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) standards.
  • Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) if operating a vehicle(s) with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs or greater (CDL acquisition during the probationary period, if necessary).
  • Meet the physical qualifications and medical requirements set by the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
  • Union Pacific Railroad's Health and Medical Services will make the final determination regarding FMCSA medical qualifications and may impose additional requirements to ensure the safe performance of job tasks, with or without accommodation.


  • Collaborate with machinists to support the repair and maintenance of heavy work equipment utilized by the Maintenance-of-Way Department.
  • Manage inventory of safety supplies in the workshop, ensuring an adequate stock is maintained at all times.
  • Cultivate and sustain constructive relationships with colleagues, supervisors, contractors, and customers, and proficiently address any conflicts that may arise.
  • Fulfill additional responsibilities as delegated by superiors.
  • Guarantee adherence to railroad guidelines and regulations concerning safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Qualifications - Required

  • Applicants must have reached the age of 21 or above.
  • Proficient computer skills and basic keyboarding proficiency.
  • Familiarity with safety rules, ability to practice safe work habits, and competence in identifying and avoiding potential risks and hazardous situations.
  • Strong foundational math skills, including the ability to perform basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and convert fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions to solve practical problems. Additionally, applicants should be capable of extracting relevant information from tables, charts, graphs, and written content.
  • Competence in utilizing both high precision instruments (e.g., calipers, electronic scales) and low precision tools (e.g., tape measures, hand levels) to obtain accurate measurements.
  • Effective and accurate comprehension, interpretation, referencing, evaluation, organization, and recording of both technical and non-technical information.
  • Proficiency in reading electrical schematics and prints.
  • Minimum of 4 years of documented experience as a diesel mechanic or automotive/heavy equipment mechanic OR possession of a Journeyman's Mechanic's card.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey information to coworkers and supervisors.
  • In order to be considered for this position, candidates are required to successfully complete an assessment in English before proceeding to the interview stage.  For more information go to the FAQs on

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Possess or able to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or Class B during the probationary period.
  • Hold an Associate's degree or higher in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, mechanics, diesel technology, or electrical components.
  • Successfully completed a formal training program focused on electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or electrical components.
  • Prior experience in an environment where the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection, is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working outdoors in diverse weather conditions (including professional, personal, or volunteer experience).
  • Proficient in working with, on, and around moving heavy equipment, with relevant experience in a professional, personal, or volunteer capacity.
  • Willingness to work in confined and/or small spaces as needed for the role.
  • Flexibility to work various shifts, including overtime, holidays, and weekends.

Physical Requirements

  • Candidates are required to successfully pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT) before being considered for employment.  This is separate from the medical exam.  For more information go to the FAQs on
  • Physically Demanding Tasks: Must have the capacity to engage in physically demanding tasks, including occasional bending, stooping, and kneeling.
  • Lifting and Carrying: Must be able to occasionally lift and carry items weighing up to 65 lbs.
  • Coordinated Hand Movements: Must be able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects.
  • Walking: Safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.
  • Walking, Climbing, and Balance: Must be able to occasionally walk, climb, and maintain balance on ladders, steps, and equipment in a safe manner.
  • Standing: Must be capable of standing for extended periods during the workday, with the flexibility to change positions periodically for comfort.
  • Heights: Capable of working at elevated heights of 20 feet or higher on occasion.

Work Conditions

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring company sponsorship.
  • You are required to wear personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection, as mandated by the company.
  • You should be prepared and able to work in the vicinity of large equipment, such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.
  • The work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors, in a shop environment.
  • There may be occasional travel requirements, necessitating several days or weeks away from home.
  • Expect a forty-hour workweek that may involve variable shifts, overtime, and work on rest days, holidays, and weekends.
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work


What we offer:

  • A strengths-based, engagement-focused, and performance-oriented culture
  • Ongoing learning, development, and Educational Assistance (including little to no out-of-pocket cost for online and in-person courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha)
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with 40% match up to 5% (contribute 5% and UP will contribute 2%)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, which are collectively bargained for through union membership
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Adoption/Surrogacy Assistance, paid Maternity and Parental Leave along with nearby state-of-the-art child development center

Inclusion Statement

Union Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based on our desire to create an environment where people can be their best, personally and professionally. Our employees are unique individuals. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.

As America's railroad, Union Pacific has an innate responsibility to speak out against all forms of discrimination while creating an environment where all can see themselves belonging and succeeding.