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Assistant Trainmaster

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.



We are looking for front line leaders who thrive being in the center of the action. As an Assistant Trainmaster you will be responsible for coordinating processes related to arrival, classification, building, inspecting, and dispatching of trains. You will support the Trainmaster in 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.



  • Coordinate yard processes to fulfill engineering and mechanical requests for car movement and placement, customer car orders, and customer service operations instructions
  • Assist in the coordination of all train movements within the yard, mainline and terminal to dispatching and operating crews
  • Accountable for asset utilization within the terminal and expedited train movement to reduce and meet terminal dwell time
  • Responsible for job safety briefings, efficiency tests, communicate with employees for all safety initiatives and blitzes required in the terminal and other safety activities
  • Provide times update, delays and variances in NEXUS/Yard Planner and transfer of liability (TOL) notification as required
  • Troubleshoot and implement action plans and standard process to address daily problems and concerns
  • Assist in crew transportation to and from trains, away from home terminal hotels and for over the road requirements
  • Review workload for local service operating plan (LSOP) assignments to ensure maximum production and efficiency; and execution of the LSOP and operating plan (OP) through active supervision
  • Ensure mechanical requirements are met for car repair spotting and inspection to maximize track availability
  • Ensure all documentation is accurate, complete, and properly communicated to the next assistant trainmaster on shift; resolve non-compliance crew issues and/or opportunities for process improvement or escalate to the trainmaster as appropriate
  • Accountable for notification and escalation of customer delays, inventory management of terminals and line of road in their areas of responsibility; and
  • May be assigned employees to mentor and coach through active observation and providing feedback



  • High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma
  • Previous railway experience as a conductor or engineer and/or previous supervisory experience is preferred
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Demonstrated operational knowledge related to operational plans and yard management practices
  • Ability to obtain and maintain rules qualified (ex GCOR) qualifications as a conductor or engineer
  • Willing to operate trains to support operations as needed
  • Qualified Locomotive Engineer is an asset
  • Proven ability to understand 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, an asset; 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: 101877
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 20-30%
  • # of Positions: 2
  • Job Available to: Internal & External



Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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