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Chicago Electrician Helps Start – and Stop – Mighty Locomotives

Posted March 8, 2018 07:00 AM CDT

Diesel Electrician Deena Miller started her career at Union Pacific 20 years ago as an entry-level Mechanical Service Operator. She's worked in nearly every capacity as an electrician at Chicago's Proviso Yard, and today installs Positive Train Control.

Deena Miller was juggling three jobs and raising a family before she came to Union Pacific 20 years ago. She began her railroad career in an entry-level position as a Mechanical Service Operator. Five months in, she was tapped for an electrical apprenticeship - and now works as a Diesel Electrician in Chicago's Proviso Yard.

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Locomotive Work Brings Chicago Electrician in From the Cold

Jan. 8, 2018 02:00 PM CST

A career as a locomotive diesel electrician never was the plan for Henry Gutzwiller.

“I was an electrician on outside construction in Chicago when work got slow during the recession,” Gutzwiller said. “I had a friend who had a job at Union Pacific and enjoyed it, so I applied and was hired. I figured it would get me through until construction picked up again.”

Fast-forward seven years and construction has indeed picked back up, but Gutzwiller isn’t interested.

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Chicago Conductor: Get Here and Stay Here

Nov. 30, 2017 05:00 PM CST

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 CST

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 CST

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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