Track Laborer-SemiTruck Driver Odem, TX

Date:  Dec 8, 2023

ODEM, TX, US, 73301

Reference Number:  667 
Department: Engineering 
Closing Date:  Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.
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Be a part of our esteemed track laborer team with a remarkable legacy of constructing and maintaining track for Union Pacific for over 150 years! As a Track Laborer - Semi Truck Driver, you will play a crucial role in delivering materials to specified locations. Your responsibilities will encompass essential maintenance, repair, and installation tasks that ensure the secure and efficient movement of trains, serving customers across North America.  We are powered by our people, will you join our team?

Required Certifications: This position requires a CDL upon hire.  You must meet the following Motor Vehicle and Medical Requirements:

1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

2. Have valid driver's license

3. Have an acceptable driving record per your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)

Medical Requirements:Must meet the medical requirements (also called physical qualifications) for commercial motor vehicle drivers as specified by the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA physical qualifications for drivers can be found on the FMCSA homepage. Health and Medical Services at Union Pacific Railroad will make the final determination on whether or not an individual meets the FMCSA medical qualifications, and may add additional medical requirements to assure the person can safely perform job tasks, with or without accommodation.   


  • Operate company vehicles, including semi-trucks equipped with cranes, and vehicles weighing six tons or more.
  • Execute track maintenance, repair, and installation tasks, which involve maintaining track beds and replacing ballast as necessary.
  • Conduct regular inspections of tracks (including beds and right-of-way) to identify and address potential issues or defects.
  • Replace rails, rail anchors, spikes, ballast, ties, and other components as required.
  • Utilize a spike maul to drive spikes into ties and a claw bar to remove them.
  • Lift rails using a manual track jack to facilitate track adjustments.
  • Assist in the unloading and movement of track materials and equipment from rail cars, carts, or trucks.
  • Operate equipment for tasks such as digging holes and trenches.
  • Maintain track beds by clearing vegetation, brush, and debris as needed, and ensuring movable track parts are free of dust or snow.
  • Adhere to company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures to promote a safe working environment.
  • Assume responsibility for driving company vehicles as required for job duties.
  • Foster positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors, customers, and handle any arising situations effectively.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all railroad rules, regulations, safety guidelines, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) standards.
  • Fulfill any additional duties as assigned by supervisors or management.

Qualifications - Required

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Minimum of 1 year of hands-on experience in Railroad Maintenance of Way work.
  • Proficiency in operating a truck equipped with a crane.
  • Demonstrated experience in working within a construction-type environment. This experience can be gained through professional, personal, or volunteer engagements.
  • Proven ability to thrive in outdoor work settings, including variable weather conditions, based on previous professional, personal, or volunteer experiences.
  • Familiarity and proficiency in operating heavy equipment, such as construction and farm machinery, from either professional, personal, or volunteer experiences.
  • Proficiency in welding or possession of a welding certificate, obtained through professional, personal, or volunteer work.
  • Flexibility to work on-call, overtime, various shifts, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays as required by the demands of the job.

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, as well as push and pull objects up to 119 lbs.
  • Standing: Must be capable of standing for extended periods during the workday, with the flexibility to change positions periodically for comfort.
  • Walking: Safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.
  • Climbing: Must be able to climb ladders to access truck storage as necessary.

Work Conditions

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring company sponsorship.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Must agree to wear personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection, as required by the company.
  • Transportation: Should have access to their own transportation.
  • Safety Conscious: Must demonstrate a commitment to practicing safe work habits.
  • Working with Large Equipment: Should be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.
  • Remote Work Locations: The role may involve working in various rural and remote geographic areas.
  • Seasonal Nature: Job may be seasonal based on weather, business conditions, or seniority.
  • Travel: May require frequent travel or being on the road as needed.
  • Location Preparedness: Applicants are encouraged to apply only to locations where they are ready 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.

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