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Rail Car Mechanic Apprentice

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.



In this challenging role you will be a member of a team working in a high production environment performing preventative and corrective maintenance to Rail Cars. Rail Car Mechanic Apprentice Rates start at $36.19 per hour and go up every 1000 hours until full rate is reached. Classification of Rail Car Mechanic and Apprentice will be determined by experience and current shop mix. By applying to this job you will be put into a pool of candidates that will be used throughout the year to fill positions when they become available in this area. You will only be contacted if you are selected to move forward in the hiring process.



  • Repair, maintain and inspect freight car equipment in a safe and efficient manner
  • Perform all preventative maintenance work & repairs on trucks, underframe, structure, safety appliances, braking systems, draft systems and any associated tests
  • Perform all work associated with rush repairs, road work and supplementary service operation of equipment
  • Repair and application of all associated piping & valves, guards, shrouds, covers and any cutting, burning, welding, grinding, soldiering and brazing associated with removal or application of components



  • Must have a High School Diploma or General Equivalence Diploma
  • Preference will be given to those who possess a journeyman welder or commercial driver’s license
  • A valid driver's license is an asset;
  • Boilermaker/ironworker would be an asset
  • Experience with heavy metal fabrication/welding would be an asset
  • Must be able to work within strict established safety and work guidelines/rules to complete job
  • Strong problem solving and computer skills
  • You must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time studies program




Medical Requirements:

Operating safely is a core foundation of CPKC. 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. CPKC’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. This includes candidates participating in the Trainee Program who will also be required to pass a drug test during the training process before receiving final qualification for the position.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:     

  • Criminal history check
  • Driver’s license verification
  • Education verification


CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”.


  • Req ID: 102916
  • Department: Mechanical Car
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Montreal , Quebec
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • Compensation Rate: $36.19/hr
  • Job Available to: Internal & External


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