Manager Engineering

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Canadian National Railway

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Job Summary

The Manager, Engineering is responsible for the oversight of inspection and maintenance of tracks, roadbed, and right way.

The role ensures maintenance and inspections are in accordance with the sound engineering practices and approved railway standards, specifications, procedures, budget and CN’s operating plan.

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Main Responsibilities
Oversee Day-to-Day Territory Operations

Lead the day-to-day operation on the territory

Manage the maintenance, construction, and zone workforce

Oversee schedules and budgets through completion

Develop business cases for capitalization of zone basic capital

Ensure track inspections and repairs are completed meeting CN track standards

Analyze and interpret track geometry and rail flaw detection reports to identify conditions requiring action to meet Engineering Track Standards (ETS)

Staff Management

Lead Track Supervisors, Assistant Track Supervisors and hourly employees across the territory, managing employee performance, development and retention

Engage with workforce through coaching, feedback and two-way dialogue

Partner with Labor Relations (LR) to identify root causes and resolve grievance issues across the territory

Safety Compliance

Build safety compliance and improve results through regular efficiency testing and walkabouts

Handle activities related to derailment and disruptions in service, while working with Transportation and Mechanical to establish cause, prevention and service recovery

Maintain and implement the regional safety action plan

Ensure employees are actively engaged in quality Exposure Reduction Discussion (ERD), Job Safety Briefing (JSB) and Field Verification of Life Critical Rules (FVLCR) meeting required Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Eliminate Serious Injury Fatality (SIF) potential injuries

Working Conditions

The role is performed in a combination of office and outdoor environment in various types of weather conditions with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. The role requires being available on-call 24/7 to respond to critical incidences.

Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure and stress. The role requires frequent travel (up to 75%) across the territory and may require stays away from home.



Minimum 5 years of railroad experience

o Minimum 3 years of track experience

o Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience


High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering

United States (U.S.) Operating Rules certified

Any designation for these above would be considered as an asset


Sets direction and inspires others

Communicates with impact

Collaborates and shares information with others

Leads by example for the safety and security of all

Considers ESG principles in all operations

Demonstrates active listening

Solves problems to create value

Technical Skills/Knowledge

Knowledge of track structure, construction, maintenance and identifying defects

Knowledge of ETS and operating measures

Basic understanding of applicable collective agreements

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Track Inspection System (TIS), and Systems, Applications and Products (SAP)

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.

At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate.

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