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Co-op Student - Test Department

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.



The Test Department is CPKC's primary material and failure analysis laboratory. In the Test Department for CPKC, you will assist with the day to day operations of material testing and failure analyses the Test Department provides to different operations groups within CPKC as well as external clients. You will also work with other departments within the company to execute project objectives. Responsibilities include:



  • Inspecting various railway components for defects and failures, and creating reports based off of findings
  • Data analytics of inspection data in order to identify trends which can be used to mitigate failures of railway components
  • Conduct metallurgical failure analysis to determine root cause, including sample preparation of metallurgical samples for analysis
  • Use of material handling equipment, metallurgical equipment and test laboratory equipment to prepare test samples
  • Assist in large scale investigations, including derailment incidents.
  • Preparation of written reports to document test results
  • Ensure thorough monitoring and verification that accepted organization standards are implemented
  • Extensive use of information technologies in all aspects of the work.
  • General laboratory duties as assigned



  • Engineering Discipline in Mechanical, Civil, and Industrial backgrounds will be considered
  • Knowledge in material sciences and metallurgy would be an asset
  • Knowledge of railway components and practices would be an asset
  • Strong problem solving skills and decision making skills
  • Strong data analysis experience
  • Must be proficient with MS Office
  • Experience with SAP would be an asset
  • Experience with Python would be an asset
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership and technical skills


As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

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

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


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: 102575
  • Department: Chief Engineer
  • Job Type: Co-op
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Country: Canada
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Students





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