Electrician - Diesel Engines (Oakland, CA)

$33.00 - $40.00 hourly
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Jun 19, 2020
Full time Automotive Engineering General Labor Other Skilled Labor Electronics Technician

Job Description


Join a team of other dedicated electricians to help provide services to a fleet of diesel electric locomotives responsible for transporting goods across North America. As a Diesel Electrician for Union Pacific, you’ll inspect, diagnose and repair the electrical components of diesel electric locomotives of various ages and models. You’ll be responsible for performing scheduled electrical inspections and maintenance and will also be challenged to solve various malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components. Your goal is to ensure the electrical components of Union Pacific’s locomotives are serviced safely, efficiently and in compliance with standards so they can offer safe, reliable transport of customer goods.


  • Perform, with use of schematics and location circuit plans, scheduled electrical inspections of various components and electrical circuit tests in compliance with company and industry standards
  • Diagnose electrical malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components, assess the nature of each problem and identify the necessary corrective action
  • Perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in locomotive cabs or electrical compartments, and perform maintenance to miscellaneous equipment using schematics and location circuit plans
  • Work with shop machines and tools
  • Plan and coordinate work activities, determine equipment needs and develop sequences of steps needed to complete work
  • Communicate with others, verbally and in writing, technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)


  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Basic mathematic skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Education or work experience in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors OR current journeyman's electrical card
  • Ability to read and understand all instructions including operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents
  • Basic verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to read electrical schematics and prints
  • 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 Diesel Electrician Test
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test
  • An Associate's degree
  • Certified and/or licensed as a an electrician
  • Experience with large motor generators and/or high-voltage circuitry
  • Experience working with electronics and/or electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience working in an environment that requires you to wear personal protective equipment such as shock and arc flash clothing, safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats and hearing protection
  • Experience working with, on and around moving heavy equipment

Physical Requirements

  • Must have normal color vision
  • Able to occasionally walk, climb, and maintain balance on ladders, stairs, and steps in a safe manner
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel
  • Able to occasionally peform overhead work for short periods of time
  • 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 respond quickly to sounds
  • Have normal depth perception to judge the speed and distance of locomotives being moved in the service area
  • Able to make occasional to frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects
  • Must be able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays, and identify and determine the speed of moving objects at near or far distances
  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing
  • Able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs
  • Able to safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces

Work Conditions

  • Expected to work varied schedules, including on-call, overtime, shifts, 7 days a week, as well as weekends and holidays
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to read and understand job information written in English
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Work at heights of 20 feet or more
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • Must not have interviewed for this position within the last six months from the date of the interview
  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives and cranes
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Work in confined spaces
  • 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.

On a post-offer basis, Union Pacific and or its subsidiaries will conduct an investigation into newly hired or transferred employees regarding their past employment, state and federal criminal history, military history, driving history, education, professional license or certification verification if job-related, Social Security number, prior drug history, and other job-related information. Individuals must pass a background investigation for employment. 

Employment with Union Pacific is contingent upon the successful completion of a health examination for newly hired or transferred employees which may include a drug screen, a color vision exam, and a fitness-for-duty assessment to ensure that candidates can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. In addition, the company conducts for-cause, post-accident, and random drug and alcohol testing of its employees.

Anthony Altemoos



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