Electrician - Diesel Engines- North Little Rock, AR

Date:  Jun 25, 2024

N LT ROCK, AR, US, 71600

Reference Number:  1652 
Department: Mechanical 
Closing Date:  Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.
Most communications will be done electronically.  Please check email, including spam folders, daily.

Rate of Pay: $41.03/Hourly


Come join our dynamic team of electricians and embark on an exciting journey of providing essential services to a fleet of diesel-electric locomotives that play a crucial role in transporting goods across North America! As a Diesel Electrician, you will be an integral part of a dedicated group, responsible for inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing the intricate electrical systems found in locomotives of various ages and models.

Your primary responsibilities will include conducting scheduled inspections and performing maintenance tasks, ensuring that all electrical components are in optimal condition. Additionally, you will face the stimulating challenge of troubleshooting malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components. By meticulously servicing Union Pacific's locomotives, you will play a vital role in ensuring the safe and reliable transportation of customer goods.

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about their craft and committed to upholding safety standards and compliance regulations. We are powered by our people, will you join our team?


  • Utilize schematics and location circuit plans to conduct scheduled electrical inspections and circuit tests on various components.
  • Perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in locomotive cabs or electrical compartments, adhering to company and industry standards.
  • Carry out equipment maintenance in accordance with prescribed guidelines.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose electrical systems and components to determine the root cause of problems.
  • Coordinate work activities and plan the necessary steps to complete tasks, considering equipment requirements.
  • Utilize shop machinery, equipment, and tools effectively and safely.
  • Communicate technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other relevant work-related details verbally and in writing.
  • Foster positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, contractors, and customers.
  • Handle conflicting opinions diplomatically and maintain professionalism.
  • Ensure compliance with all safety regulations, operational protocols, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines.
  • Fulfill any additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications - Required

  • Possession of a valid driver's license
  • Proficiency in keyboarding
  • Competence in basic mathematics
  • Background in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or possession of a current journeyman's electrical card
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and prints
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for effective information delivery to coworkers and supervisors
  • Experience in comprehending and following instructions, such as operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents
  • 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 UP.jobs.

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Completion of a recognized formal electrical training program (e.g., training provided by a community college, trade/vocational school, or military institution).

  • Possession of relevant certifications and/or licenses as an electrician.

  • An Associate's degree in electricity or electronics.

  • Demonstrated experience working outdoors in diverse weather conditions, including professional, personal, or volunteer experience.

  • Proficiency in handling large motor generators and/or high-voltage circuitry.

  • Proven expertise in working with electronics and/or electro-mechanical systems.

  • Previous experience in an environment that necessitates the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.

  • Familiarity with working around, on, and with moving heavy equipment, considering professional, personal, or volunteer experience.

  • Flexibility to work various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends.

  • Ability and willingness to work in confined and/or small spaces.

Physical Requirements

  • To be considered for employment, candidates must successfully pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT). Please note that this test is separate from the medical exam. For additional details, refer to the FAQs on UP.jobs.
  • Mobility: Must have the ability to navigate uneven surfaces safely while maintaining balance.
  • Visual Ability: Must possess normal color vision to detect and interpret various visual color signals and displays. Additionally, should be capable of determining the speed of moving objects at both close and distant ranges.
  • Prolonged Standing and Sitting: Able to remain in a standing or sitting position for more than half of each workday. There will be opportunities to periodically change positions for comfort.
  • Hand Coordination: Required to make frequent coordinated hand movements for tasks such as grasping, placing, or moving objects.
  • Sensory Responsiveness: Should be able to respond promptly to unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing.
  • Lifting and Carrying: Occasionally required to push, pull, lift, and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs.
  • Physical Stamina: Must have the capacity to engage in physically demanding tasks, which may include occasional bending, stooping, and kneeling.
  • Climbing and Balancing: Ability to perform overhead work, climb, and maintain balance for accessing locomotives and equipment.

Work Conditions

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring company sponsorship.

  • Minimum age requirement: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Location commitment: Please apply only if you are willing to reside and work in the specified locations.

  • Working at heights: The job may involve tasks performed at elevations of 20 feet or higher.

  • Emphasis on safety: A strong commitment to practicing safe work habits is essential.

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): Candidates must be willing to wear company-mandated PPE, including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.

  • Working with large equipment: The job may require working in proximity to and around substantial equipment, such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes. Candidates should be comfortable and capable of doing so.


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.