Train Conductor

Job Description

Full-time

What we do

Every year, CN moves about $250 billion of goods across its nearly 20,000-mile network. And it takes a dedicated team of railroaders to help get our freight to destination safely. Conductors work as members of two or three person train crews and perform duties associated with the movement of trains, rail cars, and locomotives in rail yards and on the road.  They coordinate the assembly of trains and execute any ground work outside the locomotive cab while in the yard or en-route (ex: operating track switches, picking up rail cars, making emergency repairs, etc.).

Why you want this job

Railroading is a 24/7 business and that doesn’t scare you; you enjoy working different shifts and being outdoors. Most importantly, you walk the talk when it comes to safety. With such big equipment comes even bigger responsibility, and you can be counted on to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Training

Successful applicants will participate in an intensive paid training program that includes 7 weeks (5 weeks classroom and 2 weeks field training) at the CN Campus in Winnipeg, MB. Expenses related to transportation, accommodation and meals while in Winnipeg are covered by the company.

After these initial 7 weeks, candidates will complete a minimum of 45 trips as an extra person on a crew to enhance their knowledge and skills. Successful completion of the entire training program is mandatory in order to work as a Conductor, and includes written exams and field training (including physical requirements).

Responsibilities

The statements in this section are essential job functions that an employee must be able to perform with or without accommodations in order to achieve the objectives of the Conductor job.
Ensuring compliance with all train orders, signals, railroad rules and regulations related to safety and operations
Providing and receiving various forms of oral and printed instructions concerning the movement and placement of rail cars
Assembling/dismantling trains in the rail yard, and picking up/setting off rail cars en-route
Observing, interpreting, and relaying signals to ensure safe train and locomotive movement
Operating track switches to change locomotive and rail car routes
Inspecting the condition of a train and equipment
Making effective decisions when in unfamiliar locations or emergency situations
Communicating effectively with the Rail Traffic Control centre, other train crews and other departments on a regular basis via handheld radio

Qualifications

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Working a flexible schedule with regular and predictable attendance, in line with the 24/7 railroading environment
Pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying up to 90 pounds
Working outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions
Operating various devices on rail cars and locomotives, such as uncoupling levers and handbrakes
Climbing on and off ladders of moving rail cars
Grasping and holding objects while riding the side of a train
Walking for frequent extended periods
Bending, stooping, squatting, and kneeling frequently
Meeting medical fitness requirements for the position, including those established by the Railway Association of Canada, such as the ability to recognize and distinguish between the colors of signals

Other Requirements

Writing and passing safety and rules exams. (Note: As per collective agreement, subsequent mandatory Locomotive Engineer qualification to retain seniority/employment.)
High school diploma or GED
Obtaining and maintaining Conductors Rule Card
Possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license
Possessing and maintaining a passport allowing entry/re-entry to the Canada and the United States (in certain specific locations)
Proficiency in both oral and written communications

Other Information:
Applicants do not require previous experience but must be willing to work outdoors in all weather. Grade 12 and a Drivers License is required.
The jobs in these areas are mainly in the yards so Crew Members would not be away from home very often. Occasional overnights to one of the 3 cities – i.e. FSJ may have to take train to Chetwynd, spend night and bring train back to FSJ and vice versa but majority of the work is in town.
Applicants should keep an eye on their email (also junk) as CN will send them a couple of assessments to complete.
Please keep in mind this is an 8 minute timed assessment that once started, must be completed. Answer as many questions as you can in the 8 minutes.
If you are successful on the initial assessment, you will receive a 2nd assessment, this one will require 25 minutes to complete. As long as you read the instructions and practice questions, you should be ok.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

How to Apply:
Apply on www.cn.ca/careers