Conductor Trainees

Opportunity Reference #
Englehart & Cochrane
Posting Date
Closing Date
Time Sensitive


POSITION:                Conductor Trainees 

REPORTS TO:            Manager of Train Service

DEPARTMENT:          Rail Transportation

LOCATION:              100-99-23

REFERENCE:           Home Terminal – Englehart or Cochrane – to be established based on operating requirements.


Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) is an Agency of the Province of Ontario that provides efficient and vital transportation services.  We employ over 750 skilled professionals and are over 120 years old and proud of our heritage and connection to the communities we serve.  We are focused on moving forward with the goal of being a valued leader in transportation.  We offer competitive salary, excellent benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, paid vacation, 3 paid personal leave days along with discounted transportation on our bus and passenger rail services.


Conductor Trainees will work alongside two or three person train crews in a safety-focused, supportive work environment, ensuring the safe arrival of passengers and freight to its destination. Whether it’s switching cars, splitting, or moving cars between yards, sidings or tracks, Conductors keep us moving.  Conductor Trainee is an entry-level union position that can lead to career growth as a Yard Foreperson, Conductor, Locomotive Engineer or Management positions.


  • Coordination and supervision of passenger and freight train crew activities to ensure train operations remain on schedule and are in accordance with Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR)
  • Ensure train orders are received in good order, in accordance with CROR and effectively communicate the orders to brakemen/women, locomotive engineer and other crew members
  • Handling the switching of cars, including coupling and uncoupling cars and able to lift out coupling device
  • Ride moving equipment by hanging onto grab irons or ladder, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information
  • Collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops, answer passenger enquiries and assist passengers on and off the train
  • Ensure customer satisfaction and achieve efficient operations
  • Placing warning flares and flags appropriately to provide protection by and communicate to other trains in an emergency situation
  • Fill out forms including train orders and switch lists and prepares required clear and legible reports



  • Secondary School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED)
  • Must pass physical, hearing and visual examinations as well as pre-employment drug/alcohol testing
  • Previous experience as a conductor will be considered an asset
  • Must be able to work out doors in extreme weather conditions and to travel over rough terrain
  • Valid G driver’s license
  • May be required to lift up to 80 lbs
  • Travel frequently and be away from home for extended periods of time
  • May be on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Ability to certify in Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR)
  • Good decision making skills will be considered an asset
  • Commitment to Company Health and Safety
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to successfully complete Conductor training


PLEASE NOTE:  These opportunities are identified as permanent, but the successful applicants may be subject to seasonal layoff. 


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

  • Criminal record check
  • Employment references
  • Education verification


CLOSING DATE: September 25, 2022 no later than 11:59 p.m. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified individuals are invited to apply in writing with a current covering letter and resume (provided in one document), stating reference name and number to:


Ontario Northland is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources.

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