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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 a Trainmaster you will be responsible for leading processes related to arrival, classification, building, inspecting, and dispatching of trains. You will lead the efficient movement of traffic within the road territory and yard-terminal by developing, organizing, and executing the daily yard-terminal/road operating plan in a safe and cost-effective manner. You will also provide leadership accountability for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity, and financial metrics. Most importantly you will lead by example to build a strong safety culture along with providing coaching on operational best practices. This position requires shift work, being hands on and working outdoors in all weather conditions at times.



  • Ensure the safe and tactical execution of the operating plan through active supervision of operating (train) crews, yardmasters, support staff and assistant trainmasters
  • Accountable for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity, financial metrics and adherence to corporate including compliance with regulatory environment.
  • Responsible for the safe, on time operations of all trains, business plan rollouts across the region and contribute to the overall execution of the LSOP and Operating Plan.
  • Lead investigations (accident or discipline) in accordance with labor agreements, policies, etc. and ensure compliance to CPKC’s policies and collective agreements and recommend changes.
  • Conduct efficiency tests, train rides and safety related activities to support a safe, efficient operation; and may be required to attend derailments/incidents/injuries when on duty.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the delivery of optimal results against appropriate performance and financial metrics through maximum asset utilization; while, Identifying and acting on opportunities to increase yard/road fluidity and productivity.
  • Accountable for rail cars that are idle for 24 hours or longer for any reason and inventory management for terminals and line of road in their areas of responsibility; and
  • Ensure full understanding of business requirements, service commitments, managing a strong team of employees, and any service penalty conditions for customers in their geographic area.



  • Must possess a High School diploma or GED.
  • Previous railway experience as a conductor or engineer is required, candidates with previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Demonstrated operational knowledge related to operational plans, local service operating plan, and yard management practices.
  • Qualified Locomotive Engineer is an asset.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain rules qualified (ex GCOR) qualifications as a conductor or engineer.
  • Must maintain certifications and licenses (i.e., Engineer Certification).
  • Wiling to operate trains to support operations as needed.
  • Strong understanding of collective agreements and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with an ability to pinpoint expectations along with providing positive, constructive feedback.
  • Previous experience conducting investigations; analyzing, understanding, and resolving local issues related to interpreting variances to operating protocols; and
  • Willing and able to work rotating days/nights shift to support a 24/7 operation.



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package.
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan.
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan.
  • Performance Incentive Program. 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy.
  • Part-time Studies Program.


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.

 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: 102837
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Mason City, Iowa
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 30-40%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External



Nearest Major Market: Mason City

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