Assistant Trainmaster - Davenport, IA (**SIGNING BONUS**)

  • Req ID: 75594
  • Department: Operations East
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Davenport, Iowa
  • Country: United States
  • # of Positions: 2
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 09/23/2019


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



  • $15,000 offered to internal and external candidates provided they have 2 years or more working experience as a conductor or locomotive engineer
  • $5,000 offered to internal and external candidates with less than 2 years of working experience as a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer



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 Operating Plan and Local Service Operating Plan 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, Network Service Center 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 computer system 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 local service operating plan assignments to ensure maximum production and efficiency of assignments;
  • Accountable to contribute to the overall execution of the local service operating plan and integrated operating plan through active supervision;
  • Accountable for inventory management of terminals and line of road in their areas of responsibility;
  • Accountable for Transfer of Liability notification;
  • Accountable for notification of customer delays.



  • Must possess a High School diploma or GED;
  • Must have a valid driver's license;
  • Complete understanding of the operating plan & local service operating plan and compliance to it as it pertains to the yard;
  • Previous operations related experience would be considered an asset;
  • Must be or become rules qualified (example: General Code of Operating Rules);
  • Must become Conductor or Engineer qualified and occasionally operate trains;
  • Must have strong computer skills;
  • Must be detailed orientated;
  • Ability to understand and work with collective bargaining agreements and other applicable regulations;
  • Problem-solving capability;
  • 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



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


Medical Requirements:

CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is a safety critical/sensitive position; all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision, hearing, alcohol and drug audit assessments. Qualification drug test(s) are also required.


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Last 7 years of employment history
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • 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 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