Movable Bridges and Structures Supervisor

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Job Summary

The Supervisor, Movable Bridges and Structures (B&S) is responsible for leading a team of employees, external contractors and external consultants mandated with the construction, modification, and repair of movable railway bridges, switch heaters and Positive Train Control (PTC) backup generators. The position collaborates with B&S Managers and B&S Supervisors in the United States (U.S.). Moreover, the incumbent proactively reviews system life cycles and explores new technologies and methods for improving system reliability.

Main Responsibilities


·       Lead the Engineering operations related to the construction, modification, inspection, repair, and reliability of sixteen movable bridges including electrical, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and mechanical systems

·       Maintain movable bridge video surveillance cameras, marine radar systems, and communication equipment

·       Lead the Engineering operations related to the modification, inspection, repair and reliability of switch heaters and PTC backup generators

·       Lead and plan compliance with safe work procedures, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines, as well as CN’s policies and procedures

·       Handle budgets and workforce productivity within CN’s policies

·       Communicate bridge electrical, PLC, and mechanical conditions, daily production, and inform senior management

·       Develop recommendations and execute long-term maintenance plans for movable bridges, switch heaters and PTC backup generators

Staff Management

·       Supervise and lead activities of unionized employees, engineering consultants and external contractors to ensure performance targets are met and safety is sustained

·       Provide coaching and guidance to employees through regular monitoring of employee performance

·       Apply collective agreements and company policies, including conducting investigations, recommending corrective action, and responding to grievances

Derailments and Prevention

·       Participate in activities related to derailments and disruptions in service, while working with Transportation, Mechanical, contractors and consultants to resolve cause and future prevention

·       Participate in investigations

·       Implement safe work procedures and policies

Working Conditions

The role is performed in a combination of office and outdoor environments in various types of weather conditions as well as in remote locations. Work shifts may vary and will include weekdays, weekends, and holidays. 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 regular travel (up to 50%) without advance notice, which will include overnight stays away from home. The incumbent must meet all medical requirements in order to work at heights and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.



Bridges and Structures

·       Minimum 5 years of experience in a directly related role

·       Experience in safety compliance

·       Experience working with or around heavy equipment, cranes, loaders, excavators, hydraulic tools and pneumatic tools

·       Experience in the maintenance and construction of electrical, PLC, and mechanical systems*

·       Experience in similar working conditions or regulatory and safety environments*

·       Experience handling budgets*

·       Experience in supervising a unionized workforce*

·       Experience in labour relations (e.g., interpretation of collective agreements, response to grievances, negotiations with union representatives, discipline)*

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


·       High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED)

·       Valid Driver’s Licence

·       Ability to obtain Qualification Standards for Operating Crews (QSOC) qualification

·       Post-secondary education or qualification as an Electrical Engineering Technologist, PLC Technologist, or Mechanical Engineering Technologist


·       Leads by example for the safety and security of all

·       Considers ESG principles in all operations

·       Collaborates with others and shares information

·       Sets direction and inspires others

·       Communicates with impact

·       Develops self and others

·       Applies critical thinking

·       Innovates

·       Demonstrates agility and drives change

Technical Skills/Knowledge

·       Knowledge of the United States Operating Rules (USOR)

·       Knowledge of PLC Systems, Electrical Systems, Microsoft Office, Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

·       Excellent English verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills

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.


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