Train Conductor - #668199

Date: 4 days ago
City: Thunder Bay, ON
Contract type: Full time
CPKC is hiring for April-August 2024.

$5,000 signing bonus for new hires.

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.


The conductor position is a foundational role in the railway and operates within the framework of the union agreement. A conductor works as a member of a train crew that assists in switching rail cars, making or splitting up trains in rail yards, or moving rail cars between rail yards. This position requires you to be vigilant about the safety of yourself and those around you. You must be prepared for unscheduled shift work, being away from home for extended periods of time and working outdoors in all types of weather.

Joining CPKC as a conductor can lead to career growth as a Yard Foreperson, Locomotive Engineer or management.

Wondering if the conductor role is right for you? Complete this Realistic Job Preview to see if you would be a good fit for the Conductor lifestyle. Watch this video to hear an employee's perspective on what it takes to be a CPKC Conductor.

Position Requirements

Must be able to perform work that can be physically demanding such as walking up to 10 kilometers a day on uneven ground, climbing up and down and lifting and pulling heavy objects (up to 80 pounds on occasion)

Willingness to work unscheduled shift work in a 24/7 operating environment

Working up to 12 hour shifts which include days, evenings, overnight, weekends and holidays

Ability to report to work within a two hour call window, after scheduled rest

Excellent focus, attention to detail and ability to multitask

Strong communication skills (provide clear and concise instructions/directions including over radio)

Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions for long periods of time

Must be able to pass the required physical job tasks for the job position, written examinations, read and understand safety instructions, read and understand operating rules and regulations and other written or printed material in English

Must be at least 18 years old

High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) required

Valid driver's license required

Position Accountabilities

Work in either train or yard service depending on seniority

Carry out specific instructions detailing a train's route and specific movements

Coordinate the switching of cars, including coupling and uncoupling cars and lifting out coupling device

Observe, interpret, and relay signals and other indications affecting movement of train

Signal crew members for movement of the engine or train using specific signals, or radio to indicate when to start, stop, back-up, set or release air brakes

Maintain a thorough understanding of and follow General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), general orders and bulletins

Provide flag protection and relay signals to trains in an emergency situation

Move on and off moving or stationary equipment

Fill out forms including train orders and switch lists and prepare clear and legible reports

Handle emergency situations and operate fire extinguishers as well as be able to apply first aid techniques

What Cpkc Has To Offer

Flexible and competitive benefits package

Competitive company pension plan

Employee Share Purchase Plan

Annual Fitness Subsidy

Part-time Studies Program

Additional Information


CPKC provides 16 weeks of paid in-class and field training. Providing you with a solid understanding of our safety practices, rules and operations. You will earn 80% of the job rate upon starting classroom training $188.23 per day and then 90% of the job rate upon successful completion of the classroom portion (including Part II Exams) $211.76 per day. Earn $85,000 in your first year working as a qualified conductor.

Medical Requirements

Operating safely is a core foundation of CPKC. As this position is considered safety critical, successful candidates are required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision (including accurate colour vision), hearing, alcohol, and drug audit assessment. Pre-employment qualification drug test(s) are also required. Candidates will also be required to pass a drug test during the training process before receiving final qualification for the position.


The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:

Criminal history check

Education verification

Driver's License Verification

CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)".

Req ID: 102521

Department: Operations Central Division

Job Type: Full-Time

Position Type: Union

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Country: Canada

% of Travel: 90-100%

# of Positions: 20

Job Available to: Internal & External
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