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Road Foreman

  • Req ID: 98845
  • Department: Operations Eastern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 50-60%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 01/15/2023


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit



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 CP’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 CP 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 national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Medical Requirements:
CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is a safety critical position; 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.


Drug Test Elements:

All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CP safe and drug-free. 


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Education 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 CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


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

Nearest Major Market: Albany

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