Enjoying physical labour and working outdoors as well as being safety-minded are vital to a career in rail operations at CN. If you like being part of a team and working in different locations every day, a rewarding career in track maintenance will appeal to you. Working on a crew, you’ll be part of an ever-changing, safety-first work environment that ensures our infrastructure is safe, sound and train-ready. At CN, the careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!
Rail Track Maintainers work as key members of a crew inspecting, repairing and replacing rails, ties, switches and ballasts. To learn more about the job click here to view the video.
Critical performance areas include the following but may vary depending on location and circumstances:
Prepare, use and maintain various common and specialized hand tools for assigned work.
Remove and replace defective ties, rails spikes and anchors.
Correct deviations in track surface, alignment and gauge.
Install and repair street crossings and railroad crossings.
Assist in the replacement or repair of items such as power-operated switches and insulated joints.
Unload or assist in unloading ballasts, as well as unload and distribute track material.
Sort used track material for loading (may load by hand).
Clear brush, vegetation, snow and litter from railroad right-of-way.
Establish and maintain drainage.
Clean up after work completion.
Understand and comply with track safety standards, Operating Rules and Safe work procedures.
Work shift work, as well as work away from home on various work cycles and occasional overtime.
Work at all locations across the region.
Work outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather conditions, involving physical work.
Perform repetitive physical activities during the course of a shift.
Frequent lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg) and occasionally up to 70 pounds (32 kg).
Good eye-hand coordination and grasping.
Comply with safe work procedures and policies.
Candidates must travel across the province and work away from home. This means that they spend a considerable amount of time away from home. They work in remote and often isolated locations. When working near urban centers, motels are available. In isolated locations, they would be staying in camps or accommodations set up on rail cars along the track.
Upon hiring, candidates are provided with on-the-job training. Successful completion of the training program is mandatory in order to work as a Track Maintainer.
Valid driver’s license.
High School diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED).
Relevant work experience in similar working conditions or regulatory/safety environment.
Knowledge of signals or Rail Operating Rules.
Post secondary education.
The ideal candidate profile:
Ability to work autonomously and adapt to different situations.
Alert and prepared for unusual conditions or circumstances.
Demonstrate good teamwork and maintain positive interactions with others.
Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety and client satisfaction.
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.
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