UP Career Corner

2017 Archive

Chicago Conductor: Get Here and Stay Here

Nov. 30, 2017 05:00 PM CDT

Ask Ralph Fulgham how he landed a job at Union Pacific and he’ll tell you it was two things that have carried him far in life: hard work and persistence.

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From Trainee to Superintendent: Learning to Lead Along the Way

Oct. 11, 2017 08:00 AM CDT

Terry Brown grew up around trains – his dad worked for Union Pacific as a locomotive engineer, manager, and training instructor. Despite that, the younger Brown hadn’t considered making the railroad a family business.

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Every Position is a Learning Opportunity

Oct. 6, 2017 09:00 AM CDT

Tami Johnsen learned several valuable lessons from her father. Among them, never leave a job until you have another secured, and success isn’t reliant on gender, but hard work. Johnsen took these lessons to heart, becoming the third female field service unit superintendent in Union Pacific’s 155-year history.

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Headed to Sturgis? Pack Your Resume

Aug. 9, 2017 01:00 PM CDT

If you thought the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was only for leather-clad bikers, you’re wrong. The rally has evolved since it began in the 1930s, attracting motorcyclists and enthusiasts as well as urban professionals and business people. And this year, Union Pacific Railroad, who is recruiting talent.

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Chicago Machinist Keeps Locomotives Running

Jul. 11, 2017 09:20 AM CDT

Ten years ago, Jowan Sims was a janitor at a downtown Chicago office building. Working for the railroad wasn’t on his radar until a manager commending his work ethic told him Union Pacific Railroad was hiring.

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Intern Program Brings Field Operations to the Office

Jun. 26, 2017 12:12 AM CDT

College-age students from around the nation experienced a traffic simulation of North Platte, Nebraska’s Bailey Yard, what it’s like to have your boots on the ballast at a Conductor Simulator and how 3-D printing and drones can benefit the railroad.

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Girls of Steel Earn Railroad Scouting Patch

Jun. 12, 2017 01:48 PM CDT

While many students are spending their first days of summer vacation at the pool, 19 Omaha, Nebraska, Girl Scouts went to work at Union Pacific as “Girls of Steel.” It was an opportunity to see the endless career possibilities the railroad offers and discover how goods they use every day make it to their favorite stores.

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Diesel Electrician Applies Military Experience to Locomotives

Jun. 5, 2017 08:32 AM CDT

Arturo Cantu spent four years stationed in El Toro, California, as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, working as a generator mechanic. When he got out of the military in 1999, he searched for a civilian job that aligned with his skill set and came upon a job fair at the Department of Veterans Affairs. That’s where he learned about careers at Union Pacific.

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Head Coach by Day, Trainman by Night

May. 19, 2017 08:15 AM CDT

Jeff Barner has always been passionate about coaching. It’s why he studied education at Wayne State College. And what led him to a career as a train crew employee in North Platte 20 years ago.

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Security Guard Trades Badge for Railroad Safety Gear

May. 4, 2017 12:00 PM CDT

After working near the railroad day-in and day-out as a security guard right out of high school, it didn’t take long for Lasean Edwards to decide he wanted a job at Union Pacific.

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Career Trajectory Draws Apprentice Diesel Electrician to Union Pacific

Apr. 12, 2017 09:35 AM CDT

Six years ago, Dave Fota had a college degree in electromechanical technology and was working in the electrical field. What he didn’t have was a defined career path with a clear trajectory.

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Complete Engineer Conference Closes Gap between Academics and Career

Mar. 31, 2017 04:00 PM CDT

For most engineering students, advanced collegiate mathematics and science subjects come naturally. What doesn’t come as naturally are the non-technical skills, like presenting to a group, working as a team and communicating effectively.

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Top Three Advantages of Interning at Union Pacific

Feb. 13, 2017 09:00 AM CDT

Want a sneak peek of what it’s like to work for a railroad? Interning at Union Pacific will give you that – and more.

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Climbing the Ladder One Challenge at a Time

Jan. 31, 2017 03:00 PM CDT

Grace Butts has always been motivated by a challenge. A lifelong learner, she’s fascinated with solving problems and implementing solutions. She does it every day as a manager of maintenance at Jenks Shop in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she oversees the overhaul process of hundreds of locomotives each year.

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