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Field Manager, Geotechnical Engineering

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 Field Manager - Geotechnical Engineering, provides expertise for the planning, inspection, design and execution of geotechnical and rock engineering related projects as well as for emergent response to service interruptions associated with geotechnical problems. The successful candidate will undertake inspections, investigations, analyses, designs and assessments for geotechnical engineering work related to the construction and maintenance of slopes (rock & soil), tunnels, and geo-hazard control structures across CPKC. This position ensures that geotechnical and geohazard issues relating to the construction and maintenance of the railway infrastructure are handled in a professional manner, consistent with safe railway operation practices and CPKC’s business strategies.



  • Coordinate the systematic evaluation and management of rock slope hazards on a system-wide basis, including assessment of safety risks, development of mitigation programs, management of the rock slope stabilization program, maintenance of  rock slope databases, and providing technical support in the development of program work
  • Provide real-time system-wide emergent response and support for incidents involving slope/roadbed failures, debris flow/washouts and other geohazard events by delivering engineered, practical based solutions to reinstate operations as necessary
  • Participate in periodic follow-up field inspections related to rock slope stabilization programs
  • Participate in the inspection of geohazard sites across CPKC to meet FRA and Transport Canada requirements by conducting site assessments,  evaluation of possible corrective actions, and preparation of findings
  • Co-ordinate and participate in system wide annual rock slope inspections and preparation of Annual inspection reports
  • Co-ordinate and participate in system wide tunnel inspections on a 5 year inspection schedule and preparation of reports
  • Co-ordinate and manage contracts for Geotechnical and Slope stabilization specialists as required for execution of the rock slope stabilization program
  • Develop processes for the management of slope hazards to meet Railway Safety Act requirements
  • Prepare and/or review geotechnical engineering designs, construction drawings, and estimates for geotechnical work as required
  • Participate in the development of standards, specifications and procedures for geotechnical matters relating to ballast source identification and quarry development
  • Participate in the development of single year and multi-year budget requests for management of rock slope and rock/soil tunnel hazards;  Perform inspections to to collect information and verify contractual requirements for Capital or Special Maintenance Authority (SMA) projects
  • Responsible for maintaining awareness and knowledge of current geo-hazard related regulations in both Canada and US pertaining to railway safety, workplace safety, and environmental regulations



  • University undergraduate degree with specialization in Geology, Geotechnical, Geological or Civil Engineering
  • Master’s degree in Geotechnical or Geological Engineering is preferred
  • Must be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist in the Province of Alberta
  • At least 5 years of engineering experience in geotechnical or geological engineering or the design, construction and field supervision of geotechnical projects which should include at least 3 years of railway physical plant maintenance and construction experience and related progressive supervision experience
  • Computer literacy in the application of MS Word, MS Excel, SAP, Geo-slope and rock fall modelling and analysis 
  • Experience with tactically managing incident response work
  • Strong desire to solve problems and ability to use analytical techniques when required
  • Demonstrated ability to act and work  calmly under pressure
  • Strong verbal and written communication and leadership skills across multiple functions



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


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


Medical Requirements:
Operating safely is a core foundation of CPKC. Our commitment is to protect our people, customers, communities in which we operate, the environment and our assets. We are also committed to a healthy and safe workplace. CPKC’s Alcohol and Drug Policy and Procedures (“Policy and Procedures”) support these commitments.   All new hires for a safety sensitive position will be required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision, hearing, alcohol, and drug audit assessment. Pre-employment qualification drug test(s) are also required. This includes candidates participating in the Trainee Program who will also be required to pass a drug test during the training process before receiving final qualification for the position.


Drug Test Elements: 
CPKC 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 CPKC safe and drug free.  


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

•    Criminal history check
•    Reference check
•    Driver’s License Verification
•    Last 3 years of driving history
•    Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service 
•    Social Security number verification


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


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


Req ID: 102338 
Department: Engineering
Job Type: Full-Time
Position Type: Non-Union
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Country: United States
% of Travel: 50-60%
# of Positions: 1
Job Grade: 4
Job Available to: Internal & External


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