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This Way Up - Leadership Management Trainee - Mechanical - System Wide Canada


  • Req ID: 97484
  • Department: Mechanical Car & Locomotive
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: System Wide - Canada
  • % of Travel: 40-50%
  • # of Positions: 8
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 09/30/2022


If you are looking for a challenging career in a fast paced work environment, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Leadership Management Trainee Program may be a great next step for you and your career!


We continuously source and attract talent for this program to hire approximately 25 trainees throughout the year. Please take note of class date below when submitting your application:


  • November 21, 2022


We are looking for highly motivated individuals willing to learn and develop their leadership skills and to lead and develop a highly effective Mechanical team. 


This is a front-line leadership role at CP; aligned with CP’s foundations, values, company goals, and vision. The successful Leadership Management Trainee will lead a diverse workforce to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments, drive continuous improvement and balance the operational requirements with team and employee development. 


 You must have the ability to relocate within the CP network to start.



This intensive 7 month training program begins with a one week introduction to CP where the Leadership Management Trainees will receive an in-depth company overview. You will be exposed to CP’s core business by completing an 11 week manager conductor training course, and an 11 week manager specific training package for mechanical leaders. Throughout your training, you will be given the theoretical railway knowledge, practical hands on experience, a sound understanding of CP’s best practices, and CP’s leadership training. This training is specifically designed to give a new front-line Mechanical leader the skills and tools necessary to succeed in your new role. Upon graduation of the LMT-M program you will be placed within CP's network as a Supervisor Mechanical in our Car or Locomotive division of the Mechanical department.


 As a Supervisor Mechanical, you will support all processes related to planning, scheduling, and assigning specific tasks within a shop or yard. You will provide safe and efficient leadership to unionized mechanical employees, and will be accountable for maintenance performed on railcars or locomotives, inventory management, customer service, and productivity.  



  • Develop leadership and technical skills to lead employees in the management of Mechanical operations across CP’s network;
  • Available to participate, successfully complete, and pass the training program with all course material completed on time;
  • Attend training at various CP locations, that will require you to be away from home;
  • Must complete and pass train conductor certification and participate in the Management Conductor program;
  • Lead unionized employees with clear direction, and provide coaching or guidance as necessary;
  • Oversee and manage stock & material inventory;
  • Set work priorities and deliver instructions for repairs and servicing of locomotives or railcars in a shop and/or yard;
  • Organize and execute plans & strategies to inspect and service mechanical defects, achieve goals, objectives, and targets;
  • Safely carry out and manage mechanical bad order processes, and requests from Field Operations required to fulfill local service operating plans (LSOP);
  • Coordinate road repair requests on assigned territory;
  • Ensure that all tasks (repairs and servicing) performed at assigned location comply with current federal and corporate standards;
  • Communicate with respect and professionalism to all internal and external stakeholders to ensure high level of productivity and customer service;
  • Build trust and credibility through relationships of your team and with union representation;
  • Execute work in a manner consistent with the labour agreement for unionized crews. 



  • Must be willing to relocate within the CP network upon start, and/or during career progression, or to meet business needs;
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent;
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma is preferred;
  • Technical Trade education or certification considered an asset;
  • Previous supervisory experience in an industrial environment (Railway, transportation, construction, logistics, supply chain management, military, airlines, mining, manufacturing, etc.);
  • Previous supervisory experience leading a unionized workforce is desirable;
  • Past railway experience and proven record in Mechanical Operations (Locomotive or Car qualified positions) would be a benefit;
  • Working knowledge and experience in an operational setting is preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate CP policies, procedures, operating plans (OP) and local service operating plans (LSOP), safety rules etc;
  • Demonstrated ability to actively manage several tasks simultaneously, and prioritize as necessary;
  • Ownership and accountability of tasks or issues throughout the end to end process with minimal supervision;
  • Capability to understand and apply safety practices such as Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR), General Operating Instructions (GOI), Efficiency testing etc;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and work situations;
  • Ability to work various shiftwork schedules, including nights, weekends, and holidays to support 24/7 operation;
  • Proficient computer skills to effectively utilize CP’s programs/operating systems (CTC,TYES, Nexus, SAP, Railway Performance Monitoring) for process flow, technical & quality requirements, and performance metrics;
  • Must have valid driver’s license;
  • Bilingual (English & French) is an asset.



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


Program Location:

The majority of your training will take place in Calgary; however, some on the job training will be required in the field at terminals throughout CP’s network.



Future relocation will be required at time of final placement in to a front line managerial position. You could be relocated to any location across the CP system based on operational needs or requirements.


Medical Requirements:

Operating safely is a core foundation of CP. 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. CP’s Alcohol and Drug Policy and Procedures (“Policy and Procedures”) support these commitments. All new hires for a safety critical 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. 


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Driver’s License Verification


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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