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Signals & Communications (S&C) - Technician

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.



As the Signals & Communications Technician you are accountable for the on-going maintenance of Signals & Communications (S&C) systems in accordance with S&C Standards and Regulatory requirements to permit the safe operation of trains on the territory.


Signing Bonus


  • Must commit to work for CPKC for 2 years or the signing bonus will be repayable 
  • Current and previous CPKC employees are not eligible to receive the signing bonus



  • Use digital & analog multi-meters, oscilloscopes, and common electronic test instrument for the installation, maintenance and to diagnose equipment problems and failures;
  • Troubleshoot Signals & Communications (S&C) equipment to circuit board level;
  • Facilitate repair and return of defective circuit cards and components through equipment vendors;
  • Use computers for diagnostics in troubleshooting electronic equipment, software burning, software uploading/downloading, downloading event logs, and other various functions;
  • Test, inspect, and make necessary equipment repairs per S&C & Industry standards;
  • Manage and document applicable CP test and inspection reports;
  • Provide field & technical support as required in managed corporate data networks and in other S&C Maintenance territories;
  • Acquire, apply and comply Railway Operating Rules; Safety Rules & Polices; S&C requirements and recommended practices;
  • Become familiar with S&C circuit drawings and standards;
  • An emphasis on safety is critical for all employees. This can be a high risk environment as you will be working around heavy moving equipment;
  • Will be required to be away from home on an infrequent basis;
  • Moderate to heavy physical labour. This work involves:
    • Long distance driving
    • Lift/carry, push/pull 50+ pounds
    • Bending, stooping & standing
    • Climb vertical ladders, stairs, ramps & getting on & off of track equipment
    • Walk on uneven surfaces such as rocks for extended periods of time and for long distances
    • Reach above shoulders
    • Sitting for long periods occasionally
    • Work at height on ladders, scaffolding occasionally
    • Occasional exposures to dust, fumes and gasses.



  • Technician or Technologist Diploma in Communications or Electronics from a recognized technical college OR related work experience 
  • Valid driver’s license is required;
  • A Class 3 license and air brake qualification would be an asset;
  • Ability to respond for emergent work past normal working hour;
  • Previous railroad experience is preferred;
  • A safety-oriented work ethic supported by experience performing labour in an outdoor work environment;
  • The ability to follow instructions, rules and regulations is essential;
  • Ability to work as a valuable member of a team;
  • Good written and verbal communication/comprehension skills are essential;
  • Ability to travel alone and work independently at times in incumbent weather conditions.
  • Also essential to this position is a desire to:
    • work shifts and overtime (including weekends if necessary),
    • work outside in all weather conditions,
    • work away from home on an occasional basis, often in remote and isolated areas



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package 
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy 
  • Part-time Studies Program 




Medical Requirements:

CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is a safety sensitive 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
  • Education verification 
  • Driver’s License 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.


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


  • Req ID: 101090
  • Department: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Davenport, Iowa
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 30-40%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: External


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