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Train Conductors

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CP railway conductorWant to be at the forefront of our operations? Consider becoming a Train Conductor.​

Train Conductors are the guardians of our trains. As a member of a train crew, a Conductor travels to various locations with the train, ensuring the safe arrival of cargo to its destination. Switching cars, making or splitting up trains in yards, or moving cars between yards, sidings or tracks, Conductors keep us moving. 

This entry-level union position can lead to career growth as a yard foreperson, locomotive engineer or management.

Your duties

  • Oversee safe movement of trains.
  • Conduct train inspections.
  • Operate switches, coupling cars and control braking.
  • Give and receive signals.

The Train Conductor lifestyle

  • Work in a unionized environment.
  • Be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Because of heavy physical work, you must be fit and mentally alert at all times.
  • Extended time away from home may be required.
  • You may need to relocate.

Position requirements

  • You're a team player with great interpersonal skills.
  • You can judge speed and/or distance of moving objects.
  • You think on your feet, and you're able to take action and make decisions affecting the well-being of others.
  • You have exceptional spatial ability with regard to a sense of layout and space.
  • You can work shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.


Paid training is provided, and it takes approximately 22 weeks in class and field. Training may be scheduled seven days a week, including statutory holidays.

Once you've completed the program, which includes multiple exams, you'll have a solid understanding of our safety practices, rule books, instructions and regulations, timetables, bulletins, waybills and placards. 

Educational partners

Get your railroader career started by completing a college Railway Training Program.

Check out what our educational partners​ can offer you.

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 Day in the life of a Train Conductor

Understand​ the ​benefits and realistic challenges of a conductor.