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UP continues search for train-service candidates


The "help wanted" sign is still posted at Union Pacific Railroad. Because of a rash of retirements and traffic up-tick, the railroad expects to hire about 1,000 workers, and is searching for candidates in California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Wyoming who would be interested in entering a 14-week training program for engine and train-service positions.

"As the economy recovers and manufacturing increases, so does shipping, and that is creating a need for train-service workers," said UP Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Bill Behrendt in a prepared statement.
"These entry-level positions provide both monetary and career growth opportunities, which could lead to positions as train engineers and, potentially, management."

Starting salaries would average about $40,000 per year, then increase to as much as $70,000 annually — based on job performance, seniority, location and work schedules — in a few years, UP officials said.

For more information, interested applicants can visit UP's Web site at and click on the "Jobs at UP" section. Applicants must complete the training program, then pass a medical exam, drug test and background investigation.

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