Union Pacific Track Laborer - Regional in Salem, Oregon


Repair and rebuild railroad track. Physical duties will require frequent walking over extended areas with uneven footing; flexibility sufficient for track maintenance tasks such as flexing to pick up tie plates; balance sufficient to walk on ballast; standing for more than half of each work day with periodic breaks; lift/carry and push/pull equipment and other objects weighing 25 lbs. (frequently), 50 lbs. (occasionally), and 75 lbs. (infrequently); occasional climbing on ladders; bending, stooping, and kneeling; good eye-hand coordination; and bilateral dexterity.


  • Remove and install ties with tie tongs.
  • Cut vegetation and brush when needed.
  • Drive spikes into ties with a spike maul.
  • Pull spikes with a claw bar.
  • Install and remove rail anchors.
  • Handle, place, and align tie plates under rails.
  • Cut in rails.
  • Plug spike holes.
  • Lift rails using the manual track jack.
  • Sweep, pick, and dig dust and snow from movable track parts.
  • Remove and replace ballast.
  • Unload or assist in unloading ballast from rail car, cart or truck.
  • Adze ties.
  • Clip and unclip elastic fasteners.
  • Climb ladders.
  • Dig holes and trenches.
  • Observe condition of tracks, track beds, and track right of way for problems or defects.
  • Perform track maintenance, repair, and installation.
  • Handle and move track materials and equipment.
  • Maintain track beds.
  • Work with equipment.
  • Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures.
  • Perform any other work not mentioned above that is required to construct or rehabilitate railroad tracks.



  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical labor.
  • Must be capable of performing physically strenuous work on a continuous basis
  • Must be able to read and comprehend regulations and instructions as well as possess good verbal communication skills.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations.
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner in order to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s).
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
  • Applicants must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment. Click here for a description of the Physical Abilities Test
  • Applicants 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. If you have taken this test for any of the jobs listed here and failed within the last six months, you will not be eligible to apply for this position. Click here to see a sample of the Workplace Practices Test.


  • Welding experience
  • Experience operating construction or farm equipment.
  • 1 year(s) Railroad Maintenance of Way work experience
  • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL)


The Engineering team is charged with a crucial role – maintaining 32,000 miles of track to keep America moving. Engineering employees inspect, repair and maintain infrastructure such as track, bridges, facilities and signals. Using the latest tools and technology, the Engineering team provides safe and efficient construction for all facets of the railroad.


Union Pacific is one of America’s premier transportation and logistics companies, linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serving many of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. Generations of Americans have built successful careers at Union Pacific and in the process, they’ve helped build a nation – delivering lumber for our homes, food for our tables, energy for our power plants and the countless raw materials and finished goods that supply the American way of life.

Location: Salem, OR

Closing Date: None at 11:59 PM Central Time

Job Open To: Internal and External Candidates