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Supervisor Mechanical (Car)

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted May 9, 2022.

CN is home to opportunities for skilled tradespeople who are interested in continually learning and building a career in a safety-focused, team environment. Working on state-of-the-art equipment and train cars that carry freight from coast-to-coast-to-coast, you’ll feel proud knowing you’re a part of what makes the economy work. And with paid training, you’ll be able to evolve your skills. At CN, the careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

When stationed at a main terminal, the Supervisor, Mechanical (Car) manages the day-to-day operations through unionized staff to ensure railcar inspection maintenance and repair work is performed safely and efficiently. The Mechanical Supervisor may also be an on-call position that reports to remote locations (line points) and supervises the maintenance, inspection and repair of railcars and locomotives when required outside of main terminals (line points). Ultimately, managing the day-to-day operations of a 24-7 function, the role is critical to ensuring availability, reliability and dwell targets are achieved in order for CN to meet its commitments to its customers.

Main Responsibilities Safety Orientation, Compliance and Enforcement – 30%

·       Coach and train Mechanical employees on safe and productive work procedures

·       Accountable for Online Failure Investigation and follow-up to include corrective action

·       Build safety compliance and improve safety results through regular efficiency tests and safety walkabouts and provide feedback (positive and constructive) to subordinate and take action on non-compliant behaviour

·       Response to dangerous good incidents and leaks in a yard

·       Liaise with Dangerous Goods Officer and ensure employee and public well-being is upheld

·       Create, train, audit, and enforce of standard operating procedures

·       Ensure safe operation as measured by accidents, incidents and employee injuries

·       Manage the onboarding and training activities of new employees and supervisors

·       Ensure Performance Monitoring Reporting Compliance (PMRC)  targets, expectations and objectives are met

·       Monitor completion and compliance accordingly

·       Be responsible for preventative maintenance plans and execution on yard vehicles and equipment

·       Meet audit and compliance requirements (Association of American Railroads (AAR) inspections, chain inspections, qualification recertification, equipment)

·       Ensure an active involvement in Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) as well as ensuring the subsequent follow-up

·       Ensure an active involvement in Apprentice Committee Workplace Location Joint Apprentice Committee (WLJAC)

Problem Solving and Decision Making – 25%

·       Manage wrecking response to yard and line outages, working with Transportation and Engineering and direct reports to efficiently restore service to the operation

·       Use CN data to analyze car inspection and repair productivity

·       Determine actions to improve fleet reliability as well as efficient inspection and repair processes

·       Maintain teamwork and order amongst staff, contractors, and internal clients by acting with a sense of urgency to respond to issues as they may arise

Planning and Organizing Workload – 25%  

·       Ensure Shift Supervisors utilize crews effectively by inspecting cars and testing air brakes

·       Certify that car inspection and productivity standards are maintained to ensure train arrival and departure in accordance with the service plan

·       Against multiple demands, determine the best opportunity to repair cars to reduce bad-order counts and dwell times in order to increase availability

·       Drive freight car fleet reliability as measured by bad order status, percentage of cars available and initial terminal delay

·       Ensure overall utilization is maximized, as measured by productivity, attendance and labour costs

·       Maintain inventory such as personal protective equipment (PPE), parts, etc.

General Leadership and Supervision of both Union & Non-Union Workforce – 20%

·       Communicate company goals and policies to create clear understanding of direction and expectations

·       Manage earnings per share (EPS) process: evaluate supervisor and employee performance and review performance expectations, actual performance, and overall performance ratings for reports and ensure EPS accountability for both Union and non-Union reports and completion

·       Conduct investigations per collective agreement and issues discipline in collaboration with function’s leadership team

·       Develop and sustain the right employee behaviours with feedback, recognition, reinforcement and coaching

·       Responsible for the administration of payroll and time of requests

·       Manage account payable responsibilities: paying and authorizing invoices


Working Conditions

The Mechanical Shop operates 24/7 in all weather conditions. The Supervisor Mechanical (Car) works on rotating shifts (days, afternoons, midnights) covering the 24/7 operation. The Supervisor manages the day-to-day operations of the Shop through unionized staff to ensure maintenance and repair work on locomotives is performed safely and efficiently.

Requirements Experience

Electrical and Mechanical

·       Electrical and Mechanical experience

o   Minimum 4 years supervisory experience of both union and non-union Employees*

o   Minimum 3 years of experience in railroad Mechanical Shopcraft or comparable position*

*Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset


·       High School Diploma

·       Valid Driver’s Licence

·       Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering*

·       Technician or Technologist Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical*

*Any designation for these above would be considered as an asset


·       Influence others with impactful communications and adapts well to its audience

·       Offer tailored solutions to customers’ problems, while considering our operational imperatives

·       Assess needs and opportunities to create value and customer loyalty

·       Make informed and timely decisions to succeed

·       Share timely information within and across functions to get things done effectively

·       Collaborate with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity

·       Engage with external stakeholders to achieve beneficial outcomes

·       Identify risks and anticipate impacts to ensure a safe and secure environment

·       Improve processes on a continuous basis to enhance safety, security and to reduce CN’s environmental footprint

·      Follow safety procedures, information security instructions and ESC principles to lead by example

·      Apply analytical thinking to make recommendations that pursue sustainable performance

·      Bilingualism: French and English*

*Any skills/attributes for these above would be considered as an asset

Technical Skills/Knowledge

·       Time management

·       Good computer skills: working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word), SRS, SAP, PAP and with applications such as RTBI, DataCity, SmartYard 

·       Comprehensive knowledge of car construction and operation, inspection and repair, operating rules, Transport Canada, AAR, and mechanical railroad operations measure


About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.


CN requires that all employees be fully vaccinatedagainst COVID-19 and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment. TheCompany’s vaccination mandate extends to employees of our wholly ownedsubsidiaries as well as CN’s contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers andanyone who accesses CN properties in Canada.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.