It's easy – for the latest job postings, check out our Current Railway Opportunities page featuring Track Maintainer, Signals and Communications Maintainer, and Conductor opportunities or visit the career sections of these websites:

No. You would only complete an apprenticeship if you were interested in learning a skilled trade. Railways currently hire from 7 provincially or nationally recognized trades – check them out! One program is Operation Lifesaver, which is a national public education program sponsored by the Railway Association of Canada, Transport Canada and other partners. Its aim is to minimize incidents and educate the public on rail safety.

Another program is Train to Drive. It's an interactive website perfect for new drivers or those in the process of getting their license. You'll find a lot of great information on how to keep yourself safe when approaching a train or highway/railway crossing.
Skilled Trades refers to occupations that require a four-year apprenticeship with a combination of formal and informal training. Aside from skilled trades, other trades related to rail include:

  • Running Trades
    The railway running trades workers include engineers, conductors and trainmen.

  • Shop Trades
    These are skilled technicians who maintain; repair; and rebuild locomotives, cars and other equipment. They work in yards, terminals and engine houses, as well as in car and locomotive repair facilities. A lot of the work is done outdoors and in all kinds of weather.
Not necessarily. Most conductors work in rail yards initially and with sufficient experience are later assigned to work on main-line, long hall jobs. To learn more about being a Conductor, visit the Day in Your Life page. In some cases, yes. However, some trades are Red Seal certified, which allows you to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada without having to write further examinations. If you're not sure if a trade is Red Seal certified, contact us !

Rail is definitely not just for those who live near major stations. In fact, if you live in a rural area, chances are there is a major train depot or terminal near you – you just don't realize it! Click here to find the opportunities close to you!

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