Technology is integral to everything we do at Union Pacific. Our computer systems are as extensive as our rail systems. With one of the world's largest privately owned telecommunications networks, we use technology to direct more than 3,000 trains each day, to diagnose problems on our more than 32,000 miles of track, to make our 8,000 locomotives more efficient and to make everything we do safer, more effective... better.
We have opportunities – in both hardware and software – in development, operations, security, telecommunications and systems engineering.
IT offers both student internships and full-time employment. We provide opportunities to work with software, hardware, and telecommunications.
Acceptable degrees for our IT student interns and full-time opportunities include computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and other technical areas of study. For full-time opportunities, we are looking for people who graduated from college with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Individuals interested in a full-time software development position must receive a qualifying score on the Berger Aptitude for Programming-Advanced test.
We are looking for strong communicators who are goal-oriented, able to stay on task, and enjoy working in a team environment.
If You Are Offered a Job
We will conduct a thorough background investigation. This will include your Social Security number, criminal and drug history, past employment, education, professional licenses and certifications, military history, driving record, credit history and any other information relevant to the job.
You must complete a medical history questionnaire, a urine drug test and a medical screening to judge whether you are able to perform the essential tasks of the position.
You must also be able to prove that you are a U.S. citizen or that you are authorized to work in the United States.
The Information Technology Department is committed to offering a competitive salary to its technical professionals. Salary rates are reviewed on a annual basis to ensure we remain up-to-date with an ever changing technical environment.
In addition to a competitive salary, Union Pacific provides a competitive benefits packages designed to complement your lifestyle.
You'll receive a competitive benefits package designed to complement your lifestyle. Generally, the management benefits package includes health and wellness, retirement and work/life-related benefits.
Health and wellness benefits include:
- Medical, prescription drug, vision and dental insurance
- Health Savings Accounts
- Flexible work schedule (where applicable)
- Free wellness programs
- Disability and life insurance
Retirement benefits include:
- Union Pacific pension
- 401(k) thrift plan with partial company match
- Railroad Retirement, a program similar to Social Security (Union Pacific Railroad employees only)
Work/life benefits include:
- Paid vacation and holidays
- Tuition reimbursement
- Tax-reducing Transportation Spending Account
- Employee discounts
- Child care, in some locations
Potential Career Path
The IT Department is committed to developing an environment where our employees can succeed and grow.
Our Career Path Process offers flexibility in shaping your career and provides options that best match your strengths and our business needs. Based on your goals, experience, and education; you'll be able to progress through a management, technical or consulting career path. You may also move between paths to further your development.
Union Pacific's success is related to our recruitment, development, retention and recognition of superior talent in all areas of our organization. We firmly believe that giving employees the opportunity to shape their own career, will benefit both you and Union Pacific. By working closely with management, you'll be able to chart a career that provides more productivity, job satisfaction and success.
In general, entry level new employees start out in the technical career path. Experienced hires are placed into the following career paths based upon his/her position responsibilities:
1) The Technical Career Path is for people interested in individual contributor roles, who want to work with other team members to ensure a project's success. The main elements of the technical path include:
- no direct report
- heavy technical skills
- heavy team work
- heavy client / customer contact
- heavy daily planning and execution
2) The Consulting Career Path is geared towards the individual contributor who wants to share responsibility for success with team members. The main elements of this path include:
- no direct reports
- heavy client / customer contact
- heavy business knowledge
- heavy integration skills
- heavy design knowledge
- technical knowledge
3) The Management Career Path emphasizes human resource management and system management skills. The main elements of this path include:
- direct reports / acting as resource to teams
- strong people management skills
- performance management / coaching / career planning / recognition
- team and job design
- client / customer contact
- technical knowledge
- business knowledge
- staffing and selection
Click here for entry level job description.
Information Technologies provides comprehensive Orientation and Training Solutions for new employees of the IT Department. Based on consultation with the new employees' manager, a custom training plan personalized for the new employee's needs is developed.
A typical new employee training plan includes the following items.
UP Business Training
New IT employees attend a 8-day class over a 4-week period. The training will cover UP business processes, as well as IT operating and developer processes. These classes are taught by UP subject matter experts. New employees network with their customers and co-workers. This fast-paced program prepares employees for their IT career at Union Pacific.
To encourage innovative technology solutions, an intensive technical training program, a wide selection of elective courses are available. Instructor Led Training, eLearning, Videos, eBooks, Collaboration, and Podcasts are available to help new employees get started in their area of responsibility.
To apply for a position at Union Pacific, select View Open Positions from any page on this site. You will then be able to view a list of open positions by location or by the type of career you're looking for.
If you select "See Open Positions" from a specific job description page – Apprentice Diesel Mechanic, for example – you will see locations where the job is available. Click on the position that you would like to apply for to see the official job description. When you select "Apply online" from this page, your application has officially begun.
Be prepared to spend 20 to 30 minutes completing your application. Have the following information ready:
- Social Security number.
- Employment history, including employer addresses, supervisor names and titles, and salary history.
- Education and training history, including school names and addresses, years completed, and degrees, certificates and licenses received.
- Military history.
- Three professional references.
You will be asked general questions about your background and qualifications for the job. And, if you have a resume in a word processing document, you will have a chance to cut and paste the text of your resume into your application.
After you apply
You can check the status of your application at any time by selecting Application Status on the Career site homepage. Enter your user ID and password, and you will see the status of any applications you have submitted. If your status is "Currently Being Reviewed," you can click on those words to see more details.
When your status is "Currently Being Reviewed," it means that your application has been successfully submitted and now is in consideration with other people who have applied for the same position. Depending on how many applications we receive and the scheduling of hiring sessions, applications could remain at this status for 60 to 90 days, so please be patient and check back often.
If your status immediately says "Thank You," this means that you are not currently eligible for employment at Union Pacific, based on the information you have provided. Several situations can disqualify you from working at Union Pacific:
- You are not at least 18 years old.
- You have a disqualifying condition.
- You have not met a requirement specific to the job or location.
Changing your application
Once an online application is submitted, the only information that can be changed or updated is your contact information (name, address, phone number). If you need to update your contact information please click here and enter your user name and password. If you are invited to a hiring session, you will be given an opportunity to make other updates to your application before your interview.
Interviewing with Union Pacific
If you have applied for a union position, there are two ways you will be contacted for an interview. First, your web status will be updated to "Invited to Hiring Session." When you click on those words, you will receive the time and location of your interview. Second, you will receive a phone call informing you of the update. When we call you, we use the phone number you supplied on your application. So please make sure it’s a number where you can readily be reached.
If you have applied for a non-union position, you will receive a phone call.
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This overview may not fully identify or describe all of the job functions or requirements for this position. Please review the official job description when applying. Union Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.