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Leadership Management Trainee - Mechanical - System US

  • Req ID: 89244
  • Department: Mechanical Car
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: System U.S.
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 80-90%
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: January 16, 2022


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


If you are looking for a challenging career in a fast paced work environment, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Leadership Management Trainee Program may be a great next step for you and your career.


We are looking for highly motivated individuals willing to learn and develop their leadership skills and to lead and develop a highly effective Mechanical team. 


This is a front-line leadership role at CP; aligned with CP’s foundations, values, company goals and vision. The successful management trainee will lead a diverse workgroup to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments, drive continuous improvement and balance the operational requirements with team and employee development. 


We encourage applications from candidates located anywhere in the U.S. as you must have the ability to relocate within the CP network to start. CP's U.S. network covers ND, MN, WI, IL, IA, IN, MO, NY and ME.




This intensive 7 month training program begins with a one week introduction to CP where the Leadership Management Trainees (LMT’s) will receive an in-depth company overview.  LMT’s will be exposed to CP’s core business by completing a 11 week Manager Conductor Training course. The Manager Conductor course is physical in nature and requires the ability to walk on uneven ground, bend, lift and pull heavy objects (up to 100 lbs) as well as work outdoors in all type of weather conditions. Following the Manager Conductor Course LMT’s will embark on another 16 week manager specific training program. 


Throughout training, the LMT will be given the theoretical railway knowledge, practical hands on experiences, a sound understanding our CP’s best practices, and CP’s leadership training.  This training is specifically designed to give a new Mechanical employee the skills and tools necessary to succeed in their new roles.



  • Develop leadership skills to engage employees in the management of Mechanical Operations across CP’s Network;
  • Available to participate and successfully complete the training program with all course material completed on time;
  • Attend training at multiple CP locations which will require you to be away from home;
  • Must complete and pass train conductor certification and be able to participate in the Management Conductor Program;
  • Will work in all weather conditions, irregular schedules, shift work, on-call, weekend and holidays;
  • Quickly learn, retain and use Mechanical bad order processes, cycle time, dwell time, productivity and key metrics to assign and manage workload;
  • Be a safety leader through active observations, discussions about rule compliance and by implementing preventative measures through staff engagement;
  • Effectively communicate with respect and professionalism to all internal and external customers;
  • Have a sense of urgency, prioritize work and make decisions aligned with CP’s values and five foundations;
  • Able to build trust and credibility through relationships of a team and union officials in new work environments;
  • Demonstrate aptitude of Mechanical operating capabilities for further career advancement;
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations;
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must have the ability to relocate within the CP network to start and/or upon career progression or business need;
  • High School Diploma/GED is required;
  • Technical/Mechanical Trade education/certification or experience considered an asset;
  • Completion of post-secondary education is preferred;
  • Previous supervisory experience in heavy industry (railroad, transportation, logistics, supply chain management, military, airlines, mining, manufacturing, etc.) considered an asset;
  • Previous supervisory experience leading a unionized workforce considered an asset;
  • The successful candidate will:
    • Drive for Results
    • Lead others
    • Lead thought
    • Lead by example
    • Act with integrity
  • This a shift work position and you must have the ability to work all shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and motivation to lead others is required;
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License;
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time (especially during training);
  • Must have the ability to problem solve;
  • Proven time management skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.



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




RELOCATION WILL MOST LIKELY BE REQUIRED for final placement in a managerial position for the successful management trainee. The candidate can be relocated to any location across the CP system.  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. A qualification drug test is also required.


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history
  • 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: Minneapolis

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