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Supervisor Rail Testing

*We encourage candidates from MO, IA, IL, MN or MI to apply for this position. Travel across the network will be required.*


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 Supervisor Rail Testing you will operate CP owned or leased ultrasonic test equipment. Supervise rail flaw detector cars over their region, providing day to day on site instruction to contractors and regional Engineering Services front line employees and provide accurate assessments of short term rail testing requirements.



  • Operate and maintain CPKC owned ultrasonic rail testing equipment on various segments on their assigned Region. This will include yard tracks and maintenance rail locations
  • Maintain “Gateway” approach to rail testing and scheduling. Responsible for daily contact with the Roadmaster regarding ways to keep RFD equipment on schedule
  • Co-ordinates the operation of the Rail Flaw equipment and rail replacement crew, if required
  • Manage the daily operation of the contracted rail flaw detection equipment.  Responsibility may include obtaining required track protection during testing, deadhead movements or arranging for Conductor Pilots.  Includes the supervision of contracted crews required to perform the function with respect to safety, quality of work and efficiency of operation.
  • Perform quality inspection reviews of contracted rail flaw inspections to insure proper ultrasonic and induction procedures are adhered to and within Contract specifications.  May need to instruct contractor personnel for compliance to Company safety policies and/or practices.
  • Recommend testing guidelines, frequency and equipment requirements necessary to provide cost effective rail management adhering to company and governmental standards and ensure the safe passage of trains in compliance with the SPC and Red Book by issuing the appropriate protective slow orders
  • Ensure all defects that are reported are marked in the field timely and checks that regional Engineering personnel are properly recording all rail failures
  • Oversee daily cost control for the rail flaw detection program and provide advice for the development of rail flaw detection contracts and advice to the award of contracts
  • Participate in the assessment, and compatibility for CPKC, new technologies pertaining to Rail Flaw Detection, ultrasonic testing of joint bars, non-stop rail flaw testing, or vision technologies, etc.
  • Required to be on call on a regular basis outside of normal business hours and workdays



  • Post-secondary education in related field is an asset
  • Trained in Rail Flaw Ultrasonic testing
  • Trained in Rail Flaw investigation techniques
  • Network view and understanding of network operations
  • Instrumentation and testing
  • Information Technology
  • Calmness under fire
  • Ability to persuade for the overall betterment of the railway in situations where individual objectives may conflict
  • Strong communicator across multiple functions
  • Coordinating/ influencing



  • 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.


Medical Requirements:

CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is a safety 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
  • Reference check
  • Education verification 
  • 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: 101530
  • Department: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Davenport, Iowa
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 90-100%

Nearest Major Market: Davenport
Nearest Secondary Market: Moline

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