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Trainmaster/Assistant Trainmaster - Bensenville, IL

  • Req ID: 84689
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Bensenville, Illinois
  • Country: United States 
  • # of Positions: 2
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 06/30/2021


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit



As the Assistant Trainmaster you will deliver efficient movement of traffic within the road territory and yard-terminal by developing, organizing, and executing the daily yard-terminal/road operating plan in a safe and cost-effective manner which maximizes fluidity and achieves Local Service Operating Plan (LSOP) and Operating Plan (OP) compliance on a daily basis.  This includes all processes related to arrival, classification, building, inspecting and dispatching of trains.  You will also provide Leadership accountability for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity and financial metrics.



  • Order train in accordance with Operating Plan;
  • Direct yard processes to fulfill customer car orders, NSC instructions, and Mechanical and Engineering requests for car movement and placement;
  • Accountable for delivering instructions for train movements within terminal to Dispatching and Operating crews;
  • Coordinate all train movements within the yard;
  • Update times, delays and variances in NEXUS / Yard Planner on a continuous basis;
  • Coordinate mechanical requirements for car repair spotting and inspection to maximize track availability;
  • Ensure all documentation is accurate, complete and properly communicated to the next Supervisor Operations on shift;
  • Resolve non-compliance crew issues and/or opportunities for process improvement, or escalate to Trainmaster as appropriate;
  • Perform efficiency tests and other safety activities to meet required standards;
  • Review workload for LSOP assignments to ensure maximum production and efficiency of assignments;
  • Accountable to contribute to the overall execution of the LSOP and IOP through active supervision;
  • Accountable for inventory management of terminals and line of road in their areas of responsibility;
  • Accountable for TOL notification;
  • Accountable for notification of customer delays.



  • Must Possess a High School diploma or GED;
  • Must have a valid driver's license;
  • Previous operations related experience would be considered an asset;
  • Complete understanding of the IOP & LSOP and compliance to it as it pertains to the yard;
  • Qualified Locomotive Engineer is an asset;
  • Must be or become rules qualified (example: GCOR);
  • Must become Conductor or Engineer qualified and occasionally operate trains ;
  • Must maintain current certifications and licenses (i.e. Engineer Certification);
  • High proficiency in computer systems such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel;
  • Ability to understand and work with collective agreements and other applicable regulations;
  • Health and Safety knowledge;
  • Problem-solving capability;
  • Understanding of cost drivers in yard and road operations;
  • Experience with CTC web overview – train control and dispatching screens;
  • High-level communication skills;
  • Ability to drill down, understand root cause and resolve complex issues;
  • Willing to be available as required on a 7x24 basis.



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program


Drug Test Elements:

CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CP safe and drug free.


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service 
  • Social Security number verification 



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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