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Supervisor, Bridges and Structures

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted May 11, 2022.

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you are part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely―helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. 

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Job Summary

The Supervisor, Bridges and Structures is responsible for leading a team of employees and external contractors mandated with construction, modification, and repair of railway structures across a designated territory. The incumbent is assigned a designated territory and periodically covers a surrounding territory based on business needs.

Main Responsibilities Operations – 60%

·       Lead the engineering operations related to construction, modification, inspection of bridges and structures, and repair of railway structures

·       Oversee and plan engineering operations, which includes compliance with safe work procedures, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines, and CN’s policies and procedures

·       Control budgets and workforce productivity within CN’s policies

·       Communicate bridge and structure conditions, daily production, and inform senior management

·       Execute long-term maintenance plans for bridges and structures

Staff Management – 30%

·       Supervise and direct activities of unionized employees 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 – 10%

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

·       Participate in investigations

·       Ensure safe work procedures and policies

Working Conditions

The role is performed indoors and outdoors in various types of weather, environmental 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 travel (25 to 50%) without advance notice, which will include overnight stays away from home. The incumbent must meet all medical fitness in order to work at heights and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Requirements Experience

Bridges and Structures 

o   Minimum 5 years of experience in a directly related role

o   Experience in safety compliance

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

o   Experience in the maintenance and construction of concrete, steel, and wood structures (railway experience)*

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

o   Experience overseeing budgets*

o   Experience in supervising a unionized workforce*

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

*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, Civil Technologist in Structures*

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


·       Follows safety procedures, information security instructions and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles to lead by example

·       Addresses risks in a timely manner to eliminate them

·       Shares timely information within and across functions to get things done effectively

·       Collaborates with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity

·       Inspires others with impactful communications and adapts to the audience

·       Leverages feedback and coaching to improve performance

·       Tracks metrics and is accountable

·       Applies analytical thinking to make recommendations that pursue sustainable performance

·       Continuously innovates to create value, without compromising on safety and quality

·       Deals with pressure and change by staying calm to quickly adapt to changes

·       Excellent English verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills

Technical Skills/Knowledge

·       Knowledge of Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR)

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

Organizational Impact Decision Making & Impacts

The Supervisor, Bridges and Structures is responsible for overseeing the work performed on the bridges. The decisions made in this role have impacts on train movements.

Level of Interaction/Influence

The Supervisor, Bridges and Structures interacts with individuals internal and external to CN. Within the organization, the incumbent liaises with D&C, Signals and Communications, and Transportation. Outside of CN, the role communicates with contractors, TC, as well as City and Municipal authorities.

Employees Supervised/Organizational Structure

The Supervisor, Bridges and Structures reports to the Manager, Bridges and Structures. The role requires direct supervision of up to 1 non-unionized Assistant Supervisor and indirect supervision of up to 25 unionized employees.

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 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.