Mechanical Service Oper-Loco North Platte, NE

Date:  Jun 24, 2024

NO PLATTE, NE, US, 68000

Reference Number:  1640 
Department: Mechanical 
Closing Date:  Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.
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Pay Rate 23.96/hourly



Join a passionate team of railway professionals committed to delivering essential maintenance and services to trains, ensuring uninterrupted service to Union Pacific customers throughout North America! As a Mechanical Service Operator, your primary responsibility will be to support locomotive operations by stocking necessary materials and maintaining cleanliness in assigned areas within the shop and service facilities. By being an integral part of this critical team, you will gain comprehensive knowledge of the entire shop environment and develop a holistic understanding of Union Pacific's mechanical operations. We are powered by our people, will you join our team?


  • Operate locomotives to transport them between shop locations, service tracks, switching areas, and line switches, and assist hostlers by operating derails.
  • Safely and proficiently operate a variety of shop machines and tools, including forklifts, backhoes, bobcats, mobile cranes, and high-pressure steam cleaning equipment.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all safety and operational regulations and protocols.
  • Restock locomotives with necessary materials, such as drinking water, sand, and spare parts, ensuring all required supplies are available.
  • Thoroughly clean locomotive interiors and exteriors, including floors, parts, and engine car body, to maintain cleanliness and visual appeal.
  • Conduct air brake tests and inspect materials, equipment, and machinery for defects or unsafe conditions, ensuring optimal performance and safety.
  • Maintain effective communication with team members using hand radios and hand signals in service track and other designated areas.
  • Demonstrate initiative, contribute meaningfully, embrace change, and take personal accountability for completing tasks in a timely manner and to the highest quality standards.
  • Prioritize personal safety and the safety of co-workers by adhering to safety guidelines and reporting any potential hazards or incidents.
  • Foster positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, contractors, and customers, effectively resolving conflicts and handling contentious situations.
  • Fulfill additional assigned duties as required and contribute to the overall success of the team and organization.

Qualifications - Required

  • Minimum age requirement: 18 years or older.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in basic arithmetic operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and conversion of fractions and decimals.
  • Skill in extracting relevant information from tables, charts, graphs, and written text.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Experience using computers and basic keyboarding skills.
  • Understanding and adherence to safety rules, safe work practices, and identification of potential safety risks.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply instructions, including operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents.
  • Basic mechanical knowledge to solve mechanical problems.
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Comfort and capability to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.
  • Willingness to wear personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection as required by the company.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • 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

  • Completion of vocational courses in electronics or mechanics, demonstrating competence in the field.
  • Proficiency in the use of both hand tools and power tools.
  • Fundamental knowledge and experience in mechanical operations.
  • Proven track record of working outdoors in diverse weather conditions, including experience gained through professional engagements, personal projects, and volunteer work.
  • Comfort and willingness to work in confined spaces or small environments.
  • Flexibility in scheduling, including the ability to work different shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends.

Physical and Mental Job 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
  • Normal Color Vision: You should have normal color vision to accurately detect and interpret various visual color signals and displays. This includes the ability to identify and determine the speed of moving objects at different distances.
  • Sensory Perception: You must be able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing.
  • Hand Coordination and Speed: You should be capable of making frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects. Additionally, you need to have the ability to respond quickly to sounds.
  • Depth Perception: It is essential to possess normal depth perception to accurately judge the speed and distance of locomotives being moved in the service area.
  • Physical Stamina: While not constant, there may be occasional bending, stooping, and kneeling involved in the job. Furthermore, you should be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 85 lbs when required.
  • Balance and Mobility: You should be able to safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.
  • Manual Dexterity and Eye-Hand Coordination: The job requires manual dexterity, precise eye-hand coordination, and the ability to perform physically strenuous tasks

Work Conditions

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring company sponsorship.
  • Comply with the company's requirement to wear personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work in close proximity to significant machinery such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.
  • Perform tasks at elevated heights of 18 feet or greater.


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

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.