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Road Foreman

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.



Promote and monitor the safe work practices and high-level performance of operating crews for a given territory and enhance operating ability of Locomotive Engineers. Act as a primary source of information and technology in certification and new train handling techniques for Locomotive Engineers. Provide leadership accountability for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity and financial metrics.



  • Monitor engineer performance and rules compliance; 
  • Performs the annual check rides and efficiency testing as required by regulations; 
  • Files written reports on engineer performance;
  • Provide necessary remedial training for employees previously pulled from service for rules violations and/or have displayed below standard performance;
  • Handle daily operating issues when identified to ensure compliance with Operating Plan, Local Service Operating Plan and customer requirements;
  • Train and develop student engineers until they become qualified engineers and provide continuing development opportunities for experienced engineers;
  • Certify engineers in line with regulations and Company policies;
  • Assist other employees with efficiency testing training requirements and compliance;
  • Maintain certification, qualifications and a pool of qualified engineers to operate on foreign roads over detour routes and other emergent conditions;
  • Investigate safety, rules and policy failures complete with corrective action plans;
  • Provide expert analysis of downloads for train handling exceptions and incidents;
  • Maintain up to date and complete familiarity with relevant regulations Book of Rules; FRA/AAR/TSB regulations etc. as applicable) regarding condemnable locomotive criteria, dimensional loads, TIH’s etc.;
  • Assist with selection on new hires;
  • Serve as an “extra” Trainmaster at catastrophic events - coordinate crews, lead with other areas for recovery as required;
  • Conduct efficiency tests, train rides and safety-related activities to support a safe, efficient operation and ensure the application of CPKC’s safety practices, policies and procedures;
  • Investigate safety rules and policy failures and respond and act on safety, health and environmental related incidents, identify cause, implement or recommend corrective actions or action plans;
  • Conduct investigations (accident or discipline) in accordance with labor agreements, policies, etc.



  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience (or as required by regulations) as a qualified and practicing locomotive engineer;
  • Strong working knowledge of railroad operating rules and regulations e.g. special loads, TIH, hours of work, locomotive standards;
  • Strong working knowledge of railway operations;
  • Knowledge of company policies, procedures and practices and their application;
  • Working knowledge of CPKC systems: (NEXUS, TYES, FTO, CMA);
  • Rules qualified – GCOR;
  • Must have the ability to cross the border for work purposes and possess a valid passport/pass card or enhanced driver's license;

  • Management/supervisory experience preferred;
  • Set up and monitor efficiency tests;
  • Apply new IT applications as required;
  • Apply current and new railway technologies;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a way that will be understood readily by all employees;
  • Possess and apply leadership practices in accordance with company values;
  • Ability to interact effectively with internal and external customers;
  • Ability to coach, mentor and train engineers and students;
  • Willing to be available as required on a 7X24 basis;
  • Ability to understand and work with collective agreements and other applicable regulations;
  • Demonstrate integrity in interacting with others;
  • Work under pressure and adapt to change;
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to make decisions within limits of authority;
  • Must have a valid driver's license;
  • Ability to drill down, understand root cause and resolve complex issues.



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



As an employer with North American 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 critical; 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.
  • Driver’s License Verification.
  • Last 3 years of driving history.
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service.
  • Social Security number verification.


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


  • Req ID: 101316
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Glenwood, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 50-60%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External



Nearest Major Market: St Cloud

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