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Field Manager/Engineer - Geotechnical Engineering

  • Req ID: 82564
  • Department: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 50-60%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 04/26/2021


*This position will be based out of Calgary, AB, Vancouver, BC or Kamloops, BC based on successful applicant.*


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 Field Manager/Engineer - Geotechnical Engineering provides expertise for the planning, inspection and design of geotechnical related projects as well as for emergent response to service interruptions associated with geotechnical problems. The successful candidate will undertake inspections, investigations, analyses, designs and assessments for geotechnical engineering work related to the construction and maintenance of slopes, subgrades, and geo-hazard control structures across CP. This position ensures that geotechnical engineering issues relating to the construction and maintenance of the railway infrastructure are handled in a professional manner, consistent with safe railway operation practices and CP’s business strategies.



  • Coordinate the systematic evaluation and management of soil and rock slope hazards on a system-wide basis, including assessment of safety risks, development of mitigation programs, management of rock slope databases, and providing technical support in the development of program work;
  • Provide real-time system-wide emergent response and support for incidents involving slope/roadbed failures, debris flow/washouts and other Geohazard events by delivering engineered, practical based solutions to stabilize operations;
  • Participate in the inspection of sites across CP to meet FRA and Transport Canada requirements by conducting site assessments, evaluation of corrective actions, and preparation of findings; Develop processes for the management of slope hazards to meet Railway Safety Act requirements;
  • Prepare and/or review geotechnical engineering designs, construction drawings, and estimates for geotechnical work as required.
  • Planning, Implementing and management of Rock & Soil slope stabilization programs with periodic follow-up site inspections as required.
  • Participate in the development of standards, specifications and procedures for geotechnical matters relating to ballast source identification and quarry development;
  • Participate in the development of single year and multi-year budget requests for management of soil slope, rock slope and rock/soil tunnel hazards; Perform inspections to observe field work progress and/or to collect information and verify requirements for Capital or Special Maintenance Authority (SMA) projects
  • Responsible for keeping current on a variety of geo-hazard related regulations in both Canada and US related to railway safety, workplace safety, and environmental regulations.



  • University undergraduate degree with specialization in Geology, Geotechnical, Geological or Civil Engineering;
  • Master’s degree in Geotechnical or Geological  Engineering is preferred;
  • Must be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta;
  • 3 to 5 years of engineering experience in railroad engineering or the design, construction and field supervision of geotechnical projects which should include at least 3 years of railway physical plant maintenance and construction experience and related progressive supervision experience;
  • Computer literacy in the application of MS Word, MS Excel, SAP, Geo-slope and rock fall modelling;
  • Experience with tactically managing incident response work;
  • Strong desire to solve problems and ability to use analytical techniques when required;
  • Demonstrated ability to act and work  calmly under pressure; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication and leadership skills across multiple functions.



  • 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:
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 sensitive 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. 


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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