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Diesel Engine Mechanic (HDM)

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted June 16, 2022.

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


Heavy Duty Mechanics (HDM) perform major and minor repairs, overhauls and servicing on all types of locomotives.

Critical performance areas include the following but may vary depending on the location and circumstances:

  • Inspect, service and maintain locomotives, in accordance with federal and company regulations, including changing oil or repairing, replacing, cleaning and adjusting parts.
  • Diagnose diesel engine malfunctions and making required repairs.
  • Assemble and start engines.
  • 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.
  • Prepare inspection, maintenance, and work reports, and record details on prescribed forms in accordance with established procedures.
  • Operate locomotive on shop tracks.
  • Test locomotives on shop track after repair.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work irregular shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime.
  • Shop environment.
  • Occasional travel.


Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, both theoretical and practical instructions. Depending on your level of experience, candidates may receive a 4-year on-the-job apprenticeship program and will attend a series of courses at your work location in Canada. Training will include locomotive components, locomotive control systems, locomotive air brakes, locomotive start up, basic diesel electric systems and CN maintenance regulations. Truck and traction motors, event recorders, as well as fuel, oil, water and air systems plus power assembly will also be covered. Successful completion of this program is essential for performance of future duties.

About CN

CN is aworld-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy,to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports morethan 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finishedgoods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connectingCanada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing tocommunity prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed toprograms 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.