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Diesel Engine Mechanic (Machinist)

Homewood, IL

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!

Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists) perform inspections, major and minor repairs, overhauls and servicing on all types of locomotives.
Duties and Responsibilities:

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

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  • Inspect, service and maintain locomotives, in accordance with federal and company regulations, including changing oil or repairing, replacing, cleaning and adjusting parts
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose diesel engine malfunctions and make 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 efficient 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:

  • Work shift work, which consists of: Irregular hours, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime
  • Work in a shop environment and outside in all weather conditions
  • Occasionally work in confined spaces and at elevated heights
  • Frequent stooping, lifting, kneeling, bending, crouching and climbing
  • Minimal travel required

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license
  • High School diploma or equivalent GED
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must meet all medical fitness for duty requirements for the position
  • Using measuring devices and understanding visual displays
  • Basic technical knowledge of diesel mechanics
  • Frequent lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs and occasionally up to 70 lbs
  • Displays good hand-eye coordination


  • Valid CDL for the class and type of equipment operated
  • Ability to certify company equipment in accordance with state standards
  • Experience troubleshooting hydraulic and electronic systems
  • Welding skills
  • Basic computer skills

The ideal candidate profile:

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


Newly hired Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists) take part in several weeks of training which includes classroom instructions and field training. The classroom training will take place in Homewood, IL at the CN Campus. The training guides the new Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists) through the critical safety skills required to work on the railroad. Once the classroom training is complete, the Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists) will complete on-the job training to enhance his/her knowledge and skills. Successful completion of the training course is mandatory in order to work as a Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists).

Diesel Engine Mechanics (Machinists) is a unionized position and is part of the IAMAW (International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers). Wages, initiation fees, and monthly dues are required as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.

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 is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation. Only qualified candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

Client-provided location(s): Homewood, IL, USA
Job ID: CN-12097
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • On-Site Cafeteria
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Sabbatical
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Pension
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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