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Rail Track Maintainer - Québec Production

Montreal, Canada

Rail Track Maintainer
Enjoying physical labour and working outdoors as well as being safety-minded are vital to a career in rail operations at CN. If you like being part of a team and working in different locations every day, a rewarding career in track maintenance will appeal to you. Working on a crew, you'll be part of an ever-changing, safety-first work environment that ensures our infrastructure is safe, sound and train-ready. At CN, the careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Rail Track Maintainer is responsible for inspecting, repairing and replacing rails, ties, switches and ballasts. The role performs outdoors in various types of weather and environmental conditions and ensures a safe working environment.

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Major Responsibilities

  • Maintain CN's train rails, ties, switches and ballasts through inspection, repair, and replacement
  • Maintain various hand tools for assigned work
  • Remove and replace defective ties, rails spikes, and anchors
  • Repair deviations in track surface, alignment, and gauge
  • Install and repair street and railroad crossings and assist in the replacement or repair of items such as power-operated switches and insulated joints
  • Unload ballasts and distribute track material
  • Sort used track material for loading
  • Ensure railroad right-of-way is clear of brush, vegetation, snow and litter
  • Ensure a safe working environment, by following CN's safety policies and procedures

Working Conditions

  • Shift work, with occasional overtime when necessary
  • Long periods of travel required, including overnight
  • Primarily performed outdoors in various types of weather and environmental conditions
  • Repetitive physical activity
  • Physical: lift and carry up to 50 pounds frequently, and up to 70 pounds occasionally


  • Relevant work experience in similar working conditions or regulatory and safety environment
  • Experience operating heavy equipment and machinery
  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must meet all medical fitness for duty requirements for the position, including requirements for Safety
  • Ability to work autonomously, adapt to different situations and manage stress
  • Demonstrate good teamwork and maintain positive interactions with others
  • Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety, productivity and client satisfaction
  • Displays common sense and good judgment
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Grasping skills
  • Welding skills
  • Knowledge of signals or Railroad Operating Rules

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


The incumbent receives classroom training over a period of 4 weeks at 40 hours per week. The training is primarily on health and safety rules and basic machine operator procedures. Successful completion of the classroom training is mandatory in order to work as a Rail Track Maintainer.
This position is a unionized position. As such, pay and benefits are governed by the applicable collective agreement.

Candidate Pool

  • When you apply to this job requisition, you are not applying to one specific job, but rather enlisting in CN's recruitment process to secure your place on our short-list for upcoming Track Maintainer positions.
  • The intent of this recruitment process is to establish a pool of qualified candidates that are ready to attend the training program at CN Campus when positions become available.
  • As Track Maintenance positions become available, applicants that have met the qualifications and completed the entire recruitment process will be contacted with an official offer of employment for the location they applied to.
  • If you are successful in joining the pool of qualified candidates, the results of your interview, background check, and medical assessment will remain valid for at least 6 month.

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. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don't apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%. Even if you don't see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at
As an equal employment opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. 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.

Client-provided location(s): Montreal, QC, Canada; Québec City, QC, Canada
Job ID: CN-11555
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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