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Heavy Duty Mechanic Intermodal

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted May 8, 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!

Intermodal Heavy Duty Mechanics perform major and minor repairs, overhauls and servicing on all types of vehicles, vehicle attachments and material handling equipment.

Critical performance areas include the following:

  • Inspect, service and maintain Intermodal cranes, terminal tractors, vehicles and equipment, in accordance with federal and company regulations, including changing oil or repairing, replacing, cleaning and adjusting parts.
  • Diagnose diesel / gas engine, electrical, hydraulic, driveline malfunctions and making required repairs.
  • Use electric and oxy-acetylene welding equipment, lubrication equipment and other vehicle repair tools and equipment, and operate said tools and machinery in a safe and effective manner.
  • Use measuring devices and understanding visual displays.
  • Repair various yard equipment machinery.
  • Prepare inspection, maintenance, and work reports, and record details on prescribed forms in accordance with established procedures.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work irregular shifts, including evenings, midnights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime.
  • Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, performing overhead work, lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg).
  • Shop environment, ability to work inside shop and outside shop in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work at heights up to 60 feet.
  • Comply with safe work procedures and policies.

Employment Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Diploma of Vocational Studies in Heavy Duty Mechanic.
  • Diesel mechanic, Automotive, Truck & Coach, Hydraulics experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Technical knowledge of diesel mechanics.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Possess your own tools sufficient to perform repairs and service on small equipment. Tools specific to the railway are supplied by the company.


  • Experience troubleshooting hydraulic and electronic systems.
  • Commercial Transport or preferably Heavy Duty Working experience.
  • Welding skills.
  • Relevant work experience in similar working conditions or regulatory/safety environment.
  • Post-secondary education.
  • Basic computer skills.

Successful candidates will receive paid on-the-job training on new products and updates as required by the company, both theoretical and practical instructions.
Depending on your level of experience, candidates must have completed 2nd year and registered with trade branch for 3rd year and will attend a series of courses at your work location in Canada or away from your work area for training purposes. Training will include intermodal equipment components, control systems, air brakes, start up, basic diesel electric systems and CN maintenance regulations. Truck motors, data recorders, as well as fuel, oil, water and air systems will also be covered. Successful completion of this program is essential for performance of future duties.
The ideal candidate profile:

  • Ability to work autonomously, adapt to different situations and manage stress.
  • Demonstrate good teamwork skills and maintain positive interactions with others.
  • Good verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety and client satisfaction.

Intermodal Heavy Duty Mechanics earn a $41.73/hour wage.

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 in Canada be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment. The Company’s vaccination mandate extends to employees of our wholly owned subsidiaries as well as CN’s contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers and anyone who accesses CN properties in Canada.

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.