Signal Maintainers

Opportunity Reference #
Cochrane / Englehart
Posting Date
Closing Date


POSITION:                 Signal Maintainers

REPORTS TO:             Manager, Signals & Communications

DEPARTMENT:          Rail Infrastructure

LOCATION:                Englehart or Cochrane – to be established based on operating requirements

REFERENCE:            200-91B-23


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.


The Signal Maintainer is responsible for constructing, installing, maintaining, repairing or renewing any apparatus, or performs electrical and other work pertaining to Signals Department equipment that controls rail traffic and safeguards employees and the general public.  Electrical knowledge is fundamental for this position.


  • Designs, constructs, maintains and repairs designated signal equipment (track signal circuits) as assigned
  • Carries out scheduled system tests, records results and maintains records as required
  • Assists in the installation, removal or alteration of various signal appliances or their associated track circuitry as required
  • Responds to emergency repair situations during and after regular working hours, sometimes on holidays and weekends
  • Signals maintainers must be in good physical condition to perform job duties outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Must be committed to Company Health and Safety


  • Secondary School Diploma or GED
  • Strong aptitude for the electrical/ electronic field
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a current certificate of training from a recognized Railway Signal Training course or those possessing a college/university diploma/degree in the electrical/electronic field
  • Applicants must be motivated self-starters, capable of working alone or in a group
  • Must possess a valid Ontario G driver’s license
  • Basic personal computer skills an asset
  • Experience working in a railway environment an asset
  • Current certification in pole climbing and/or pole-top rescue training an asset
  • Applicant must demonstrate willingness to receive training as deemed necessary in the field of railway signaling. This is considered a safety-sensitive position; therefore applicants must pass Transport Canada mandated medical examinations including testing for color vision & hearing acuity
  • Ability to understand/pass Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR), safety rules and any other rules deemed necessary by the company
  • Committed to Company Health and Safety


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

  • Criminal record check
  • Employment references
  • Education verification


CLOSING DATE:  Ongoing until positions are filled. 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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