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Specialist Locomotive Design

  • Req ID: 81684
  • Department: Market Strategy & Asset Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 4
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 12/04/2020


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



The Specialist Locomotive Designs’ primary function is to improve the return on locomotive assets by developing and implementing locomotive design strategies for their specific use by class, type, corridor, etc.  Interface with various departments within the organization including:  Service Design, Transportation Execution team, Train & Enginemen teams, Mechanical Services, and Strategic Sourcing team (fuel).



  • Develop, implement, and accurately represent the locomotive design strategy which supports the Operating Plan (OP), Local Operating Plan (LOP), and Yard Operating Plan (YOP) while achieving corporate productivity, service commitments, and reducing overall locomotive costs;
  • Provide ongoing analysis and develop recommendations for fleet sizing requirements based on design requirements, forecasted train starts, fleet capacity, and use;
  • Perform periodic Yard and Local (LOP) locomotive reviews in concert with T&E and Operations Centres to optimize the use of the yard and local locomotive fleets;
  • Maintain accurate records of the locomotive requirements in LOP and OP, as well as locomotives in Low GTM services;
  • Develop fuelling strategies to reduce fuel costs, maximize fueling range while minimizing train delay and locomotive dwell throughout the network;
  • Provide input to train design changes and the weekly Changes to Base Plan broadcasts;
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and recommendations for specific requests with respect to the use and supply of specific locomotive fleets;
  • Monitor Locomotive Consist Compliance against the actual locomotive profile design and provides feedback to the Operations Centres and Mechanical Services;
  • Communicate Locomotive and train design issues to Transportation Execution and Service Design teams;
  • Complete analysis on the use of specific locomotive fleets to determine if the fleet types are being utilized in the correct services.  



  • University degree in business or related field; 
  • Prior experience in CP Operations/Transportation and Service Design departments considered an asset;
  • Working knowledge of CP's network and general train design;
  • Knowledge of various classes of locomotive equipment including haulage ratings and fuel consumption;
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word and Powerpoint);
  • Thorough knowledge of TC, FRA and Environmental locomotives regulations;
  • Proficient or previous experience with CP Systems:  Various Dashboards including Locomotive Operations and Traffic Analysis, Integrated Train Management, TYES, NEXUS;
  • Previous nowledge or experience with basic arithmetic and equivalent competency;
  • Exceptional communication skills with ability to influence startum 3, 4, 5 leaders;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervison;
  • Must be comfroatble delivering presentations to groups. 



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy



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


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


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 employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").  

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