Mechanic - Diesel Engines
Oakland, CA 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

If you've worked as a mechanic for years or are newer to the field, you'll find new opportunities and challenges working on Union Pacific's expansive diesel locomotive fleet! The goal as a member of this creative team is to ensure our locomotives are serviced safely, efficiently, in compliance with company and federal standards, so we're back on the tracks to transport goods to our customers across North America! We are powered by our people, will you join our team?

  • Inspect and service diesel locomotives fleet within compliance of company, federal, and industry standards
  • Diagnose malfunctions in diesel engines, air brake systems, fuel systems, and other issues related to the locomotive mechanical system
  • Repair, replace or rebuild our locomotives and diesel engine components as needed
  • Efficiently operate equipment including measuring instruments, precision machines, hand tools, and material handling equipment, i.e. forklifts, cranes and overhead hoists
  • Communicate technical information, job briefing information, job procedure recommendations and other work-related information with others verbally, through writing, telephone, radio, and intercom
  • Read and interpret information from diagrams, schematics, graphs and charts, and input into a computer as needed
  • Ensure all equipment or materials are available and ready for use as needed
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and efficiently handle controversy
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications Required
  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Basic mathematic skills
  • Must have the following: 4 years of education or work experience (or a combination of the two) as a mechanic repairing trucks, ships, farm equipment, airplanes, trains, automobiles, diesels OR current journeyman's mechanical card
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Experience making quick and accurate visual inspections at near and far distances
  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)
  • Candidates for this position must pass a pre-employment test in English before being allowed to interview. The number of candidates who pass the test and are granted an interview is based upon hiring needs. Click here to see a sample of the
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the
  • An Associate's degree in a mechanical related field
  • Certified and/or licensed as a diesel mechanic by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Completed a formal auto/diesel engine training program (e.g., training presented by a community college or trade/vocational school, or military)
  • Experience as a mechanic in other fields (e.g., military, aviation, nuclear, marine)
  • Experience welding or a welding certificate (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience working in an environment that requires you to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection
  • Experience working with, on, and around moving heavy equipment (Consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
Physical Requirements
  • Able to occasionally perform overhead work for short periods of time
  • Able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays; identify and determine the speed of moving objects at near or far distances and respond quickly to sounds
  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects; safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel, lift and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Able to remain standing or sitting for more than one-half of every work day with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort
  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing
Work Conditions
  • Work at heights of 18 feet or more
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Willing to work in confined and/or small spaces
  • Willing to work various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends
  • Benefit information can be found under the Benefits section on (
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • To the extent required by federal law and/or collective bargaining agreement, membership to the respective labor union is required. The union agreement dictates the pay rate and cannot be individually negotiated. Monthly dues are the responsibility of the employee.

COVID-19: Union Pacific complies with its federal contractor obligations concerning the spread of COVID-19; however, the vaccination mandate is currently stayed. Union Pacific will update our employees and applicants of any changes to these obligations as warranted.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation: Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer . Union Pacific is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce where equal employment opportunities are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or genetic information. Union Pacific strictly prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on protected status. Union Pacific is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its employment of individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please use this link to submit a request.

Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
4+ years
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