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Canadian Pacific Railroad

Specialist, Locomotive Maintenance Practices

Equipment/Technology Specialist

Equipment and Facilities Specialist


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit


The Specialist Locomotive Maintenance Practices is responsible for the development and updating of procedures associated with the maintenance of CP’s locomotive fleet. Using an understanding of reliability methods, data analytics and locomotive technology, key tasks are to develop and review work instructions to facilitate effective maintenance and troubleshooting practices.

This role has the responsibility for day-to-day and life-cycle locomotive maintenance procedure development and documentation which will have a direct impact on the reliability of CP’s locomotive fleet. This will include development of troubleshooting and maintenance task lists within SAP to provide direction to shop personnel.

Periodic reviews of the reliability and failure modes of locomotive sub-systems will be used to assess the effectiveness of existing instructions to support continuous improvement of CP’s locomotive fleet performance.

Understanding of Reliability-Centered Maintenance practices will be used to recommend changes to maintenance work scopes or replacement strategies to manage the life cycle of components, balancing maintenance cost with failure cost.

Maintenance instructions will also be used to ensure compliance with existing and evolving regulatory requirements to provide clear instructions to locomotive maintenance personnel.

Further, the reliability and task list analysis activities will be used to support identification of variability in maintenance effectiveness across mechanical shop facilities to allow shop leads to effectively manage maintenance practices.


Work with the Specialist Mechanical Data Analytics to identify opportunities where locomotive remote monitoring systems’ data can be used to create pinpointed defect identification, streamline inspection requirements, reduce shop dwell time and costs, and support Reliability-Centered Maintenance practices;

Using knowledge of locomotive maintenance, consultation with subject matter experts and analysis/reporting from SAP, identify gaps in work instructions and recommend either development of new procedures or modification of existing task lists to improve sub-system reliability and reduce costs;

Use quantitative analysis skills and data analytics to assess historical repairs’ effect on reliability, adjust work instructions and preventive maintenance cycles to improve the effectiveness of troubleshooting and maintenance activities.

Position Requirements:

  • Must possess a Post-Secondary degree in Engineering.
  • Must possess 3 plus years’ experience in locomotive maintenance or heavy equipment industries with an emphasis on maintenance life cycle planning and analysis;
  • Proficiency with Reliability analysis and familiarity with Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) practices is desired;
  • Strong problem-solving/resolution skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Locomotive equipment or similar heavy duty machinery knowledge;
  • Knowledge of SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) desired;
  • Must be eligible to register as an EIT, P.Eng. or other education-specific applicable designation.


  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy


As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.

Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check

Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.

CP is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").