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Crew Dispatcher Trainee


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 Crew Dispatcher you will communicate with Trainmen, Switchmen, Engineers, and Yardmasters employees to appropriate assignments while ensuring the timely and cost-effective deployment of crews to meet operational requirements.



  • This position will provide training on how to call Trainmen, Switchmen, Engineers, and Yardmasters to work in accordance with proper labor agreements
  • Maintain computerized crew board, making necessary data entries regarding seniority moves, vacancies, personal leave, vacations, etc.
  • Process necessary reports and other duties as assigned
  • This position is not a typical 40 hour-a-week opportunity. The position must be available for call 24 hours per day and able to work irregular hours, with holiday and weekend work included.



  • Prior railroad experience is not required we offer a paid training program
  • Knowledge of computer programs and software (Microsoft Office)
  • Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Must pay attention to details and manage time effectively
  • Must be able to work any of 3 shifts On-Call, holidays and weekends included
  • May work various shifts all within the same week with no established schedule as to shift – the schedule will change daily based on the needs of the operation
  • Employees will be assigned to positions after completing the training program
  • Must meet keyboarding standards established by the organization.



  • 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: 100934
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: None
  • # of Positions: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External





Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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