"Union Pacific understands and values the skills veterans bring to the workforce," said Roy Schroer, Union Pacific's vice president of human resources. "The military instills a strong work ethic and world view that strengthens our organization at all levels."
In 2013, Union Pacific hired more than 800 military veterans, including 95 disabled veterans. These veterans make up approximately 25 percent of all new hires in 2013. During the past five years, 24 percent of Union Pacific's hires have been veterans and overall, veterans comprise about 20 percent of the company's workforce. Leadership and teamwork skills, wide-ranging areas of expertise gained during their service, familiarity with nontraditional working hours and experience working outdoors are just some of the characteristics that make military personnel a good fit with jobs at Union Pacific, the railroad says.
Union Pacific actively recruits veterans through its involvement with military transition offices, military education offices, reserve and National Guard units, career fairs, information sessions, employer panels, resume review assistance and by serving on local military committees and boards.
Union Pacific offers many employment opportunities for veterans, including train crew, diesel mechanics, diesel electricians, assistant signal workers and track laborers. Engineers in the computer science, electrical, civil and mechanical areas can find leadership opportunities in the Information Technology department or through the company's Operations Management Training Program.