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Train Conductor

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.



This role will be based in Moose Jaw, SK, relocation assistance is available.


This is an exciting opportunity to join CPKC in an entry-level position, where no previous railroad experience is required. Conductors have one of the most unique and challenging jobs available to North Americans. You'll ha​ve unlimited potential and possibility if you're willing to put in an honest, hard day's work every day. Work with us and join our team of dedicated railroaders.


As a conductor, 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 management.

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New hire Conductors will receive a $10,000 signing bonus!  

  • Must commit to work for CPKC for 2 years or the signing bonus and relocation assistance will be repayable 
  • Current and previous CPKC employees are not eligible to receive the signing bonus 


Earn $85,000 in your first year working as a qualified conductor. The average conductor earns approximately $107,000 annually, with the ability to make up to $140,000.



CPKC provides 16 weeks of paid in-class and field training for a solid understanding of our safety practices, rules and operations. You will earn 80% of the job rate upon starting classroom training - $188.23 per day and then 90% of the job rate upon successful completion of the classroom portion (including Part II Exams) - $211.76 per day. Training will consist of classroom and on the job training.



  • Work in either train or yard service depending on their seniority
  • 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 forms including train orders and switch lists and prepares required clear and legible reports
  • Must be able to handle emergency situations and operate fire extinguishers as well as be able to apply first aid techniques
  • Must be constantly alert to changing conditions and events and take safe and responsible action as required



  • 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 24-48 hours at a time
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Walk long distances on railroad roadbeds
  • Ability to lift up to 100lbs on occasion
  • Must be able to pass the required examinations, read and understand safety instructions, books of rules, instructions and regulations, timetables, bulletins, waybills, placards, and other written or printed material
  • Valid Canadian passport; allowing entry/re-entry to the United States is required



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase 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 critical 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 
  • Education verification
  • Driver’s License 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: 101232
  • Department: Operations Prairie South Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Eastern Canada, Eastern Canada
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 80-90%
  • # of Positions: 80
  • Job Available to: Internal & External




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