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Train Conductor

CPKC is hiring for January-March 2024. 


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.



No previous railroad experience is required to join CPKC as a conductor. If you are willing to put in an honest, hard day’s work every day you will have unlimited opportunities. Join our team of dedicated railroaders and enjoy a unique and challenging career opportunities.


As a conductor, you may be assigned to a yard or a train. Your responsibilities include: switching cars, making or splitting up trains in yards, or moving cars between yards, sidings or tracks. Conductors keep CPKC and North America's economy moving. This entry-level union position can lead to career growth as a yard foreperson, locomotive engineer or operations management.


Do you have what it takes to be a railroader? Find out, complete the Realistic Job Preview to see if the railroad lifestyle is for you. Visit our YouTube Channel to hear how a current CPKC conductor describes the role.


New hire Conductors will receive a $5,000 signing bonus!

  • Must commit to work for CPKC for 1 year or the signing bonus will be repayable
  • Current and previous CPKC employees are not eligible to receive the signing bonus

The average conductor earns approximately $120,000 annually, with the ability to make up to $139,000.



CPKC provides 16-20 weeks of paid in-class and field training for a solid understanding of our safety practices, rules and operations. You will earn $250.42 per day in classroom training and $41.06 per hour in on-the-job training.



  • Work in train or yard service depending on seniority
  • Strictly follow and execute work according to operating rules and safety procedures
  • Carry out specific instructions detailing a train's route and specific movements
  • Coordinate the switching of cars, including coupling and uncoupling cars and lifting out coupling device
  • Observe, interpret, and relay signals and other indications affecting movement of train
  • Signal crew members for movement of the engine or train using specific signals, or radio to indicate when to start, stop, back-up, set or release air brakes
  • Have a thorough understanding of and follow General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), General Orders and Bulletins as they pertain to the safe movement of trains, goods, and hazardous materials, ensuring the safety of CPKC employees and the general public
  • Provide flag protection and relay signals to trains in an emergency situation as stipulated in the operating rules
  • Move on and off moving or stationary equipment while train is performing industrial, station or yard switching
  • Ride moving car by hanging onto grab irons or ladder, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Fill out required forms including: train orders and switch lists and prepares required clear and legible reports
  • Maintain first aid qualifications and apply first aid in emergency situations
  • Monitor yard operations area and be alert to changing conditions, take safe and responsible action to prevent personal injury and equipment damage 



  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Available for call 24 hours per day and respond to the designated work site within two hours of receiving the call 
  • Work schedules are irregular and are determined by the rotation of the extra board including weekends and holidays
  • Perform work for up to 12 hours per shift, where you may be traveling away from home and be away for 36 – 72 hours at a time
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Walk long distances on railroad roadbeds
  • Ability to lift up to 100 lbs on occasion
  • Recognize and distinguish between the colors of signals, signs, and other visual displays
  • Judge the speed and/or distance of moving objects at near or far distances
  • Pass a written examination prior to completing the training
  • Possess good communication skills and work efficiently with minimum supervision



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




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
  • Driver’s License Verification
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service
  • Social Security number verification


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


With Job Requisition Fields

  • Req ID: 101647
  • Department: Operations Southern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 80-90%
  • # of Positions: 25
  • Compensation Rate: $41.06 - $49.52 per hour
  • Job Available to: Internal & External


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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