Car Mechanic (Full Time)


Canadian National Railway Company


N 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!


Car Mechanics (Freight Car Repairers) inspect, maintain, build, repair and rebuild railway freight cars and trailers in accordance with federal and company regulations.

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

  • Inspect cars and components in accordance with railroad associations, Federal Railroad Administration regulations and company operating standards.
  • Perform all scheduled, on-request and preventive maintenance and repair on rail cars, under frames, on structures, safety appliances, draft systems and any associated tests.
  • Repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping.
  • Use hand tools, power tools, welding equipment, cutting torches and measuring instruments.
  • Operate transport vehicles including cranes, trucks, track mobile and shop equipment.
  • Prepare inspection, maintenance and work reports, and record details on prescribed forms in accordance with established procedures.

Working Conditions: 

  • Irregular shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions.
  • Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, performing overhead work, lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg) and occasionally up to 85 pounds (39 kg).
  • Frequent climbing/balancing, grasping, and good eye-hand coordination.


Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, both theoretical and practical instructions, over a period of three weeks at 40 hours per week.
Depending on your level of experience, candidates may receive training to complete a 4-year on-the-job apprenticeship program and will attend a series of courses at your work location in Canada. Training will include rail car components, rail car inspection, single car tests, special commodities Level 2, freight car repairs, jacking procedures, railway welding, aerial lifts, yard operating rules and other items relevant to the position. Successful completion of this training is essential for future performance of duties. 

Employment Requirements: 

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Previous welding experience gained through formal training or work experience.
  • Familiarity with electrical and electronic tools and instruments.
  • High School diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED).


Vocational/technical training and/or knowledge of Rail Operating Rules.

The ideal candidate profile:

  • Ability to work autonomously, adapt to different situations and manage stress.
  • Demonstrate good teamwork and maintain positive interactions with others.
  • Good verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • Ability to determine the condition of objects/parts for wear and/or defects.
  • Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety and client satisfaction.
  • Basic computer skills.

How to Apply

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