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Train Dispatcher

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.



Are you looking for an exciting career that is rewarding and provides a long term career  and learning opportunities within CPKCs Operations Center and frontline operations? If you are then becoming a Train Dispatcher is the perfect opportunity for you!


As a Train Dispatcher you will learn the business from the ground up through a 12-18 months  fully paid training program that prepares you for the position as a Train Dispatcher and future careers within CPKC. You control the movement of trains and engineering track crews across CPKC’s rail network through a series of control systems.


This position offers excellent challenges as you are responsible for planning and scheduling trains through a geographical region in the most efficient and safest manner. You will make business decisions, solve problems, communicate clearly and effectively, and coordinate to ensure minimal delays and the smooth, safe movement of trains in an assigned territory.

This position may require you to work and train in Kansas City, MO and/or Minneapolis, MN until the move in summer 2024 to our new dispatch center in Kansas City, MO. The classroom portion of the training is about 5 weeks, and on the job, training is a minimum 60 days. CPKC will provide a meal allowance and lodging is covered if you are travelling from Kansas City to Minneapolis for training.



  • Issue Track Authorities for all train and engineering movements on assigned territory, in accordance to the rules, and in a safe and efficient manner
  • Record information as required by CPKC and the Federal Government
  • Escalate train delays or exceptions to the Director Dispatching and participate in recovery plans
  • Manage work events and train launches to ensure prompt movement of cars when billed
  • Communication with individuals at all levels of the organization



  • Must have a valid GCOR qualification or within the last 6 months with a class 1 railroad
  • Qualified Train Dispatching experience within the last 24 months is required
  • A minimum of 1 year experience or more as a Qualified Train Dispatcher is required
  • Thorough knowledge of General Code of Operating Rules, Timetables, Operations Supervisor Manuals, and Notices including passing of required exams
  • Must be able to form a good understanding of physical characteristics of the railroad
  • Strong computer literate and possess the ability to master computerized train control applications is required
  • Must be available, within a 2 hour call to work all shifts including overnights, holidays, and weekends
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and make decisions under stressful circumstances is required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to pass color vision test
  • Trainee must pass an examination on rules prior to completing the training period



  • 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 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
  • 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: 101796
  • Department: Operations Eastern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 12
  • Compensation Rate: $331.76 per day
  • Job Available to: Internal & External







Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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