Assistant Signal Person

Union Pacific Cheyenne, WY 2019-07-09

Assist in the installation, repair and maintenance of various railroad signals and grade crossing warning devices.


  • Inspect and test signal circuitry, equipment, and systems for problems and defects
  • Troubleshoot and fix malfunctions
  • Build and dismantle signal crossing warning device equipment
  • Construct, install, maintain, repair, and replace signal communication circuitry, systems, and components
  • Work with machines, tools, vehicles, and equipment
  • Clean and maintain work areas
  • Operate company vehicles and drive throughout geographic territory
  • Open to change, take initiative, make meaningful contributions, and take responsibility for the quality and timely completion of one's tasks
  • 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)
  • Miscellaneous tasks as assigned by supervisor


  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to read and understand all instructions including operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents
  • Able to assist and direct work of others
  • Able to plan, organize, and track information and activities
  • Able and willing to understand and apply safety rules, practice safe work habits, identify safety risks, and avoid potentially risky behaviors and situations
  • Able to perform basic arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and conversion of fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions to solve practical problems. In addition, applicants must be able to extract relevant information from tables, charts, graphs, and text
  • Able to understand and apply basic mechanical principles to solve mechanical problems
  • Able to communicate and work well both independently and with others
  • Able to effectively and accurately understand, interpret, reference, evaluate, organize, and record non-technical and technical information
  • 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 Engineering & Telecom Test.
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test
  • Certificate in electronics, electricity, or equivalent education
  • 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 in railroad signaling
  • Experience in construction
  • Experience operating construction equipment such as a backhoe, trencher, crane, etc.
  • Completed a formal electrical training program (e.g., training presented by a community college, trade/vocational school, or military)
  • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Physical Requirements

  • Able to occasionally lift and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs
  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Able to perform physically strenuous work
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel
  • Able to safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces
  • Able to remain standing for more than one-half of every work day with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort
  • Able to frequently walk to access work site
  • Able to occasionally push and pull objects weighing up to 119 lbs

Work Conditions

  • 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
  • Travel Requirements: Travel 95-100% of the time
  • Expected to work varied schedules, including on-call, overtime, shifts, 7 days a week, as well as weekends and holidays
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Work at heights of 20 feet or more
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • Must not have interviewed for this position within the last six months from the date of the interview
  • May require relocation during employment
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires
  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • 18 years of age or older
  • 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.

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