Apprentice Locomotive Conductor – Locomotive Engineer .

VIA Rail Canada|VIA Rail Canada

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We have a vacancy of Apprentice Locomotive Conductor – Locomotive Engineer in our company, Via Rail Canada. This vacancy is based in Churchill MB. Please go through the job detail mentioned below.

Position Title: Apprentice Locomotive Conductor – Locomotive Engineer
Company: Via Rail Canada
Work Type: Full Time
City of work: Churchill MB
Salary: $70,000 a year
URL Expiry: 2023-01-14
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Permanent – Full time
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Train Operations
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$ 70,000
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Description :
VIA Rail is the number one passenger railway player in the Canadian transport industry. Our vision is that train travel should be an easy, sustainable and enjoyable experience that meets the individual needs and preferences of today’s and tomorrow’s passengers. As an employer, we strive to move forward and create new opportunities for development. As such, we are excited to introduce our Locomotive Engineer Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) that will train our next generation of conductors to support our future workforce needs and continue to fill our mission to serve Canadians.

Seven (7) candidates will be selected to become apprentice locomotive engineers and participate in this innovative training program. Will you be one of them? In 2023, selected candidates will begin a rigorous and approximate 24-month paid training program to be held mostly in Churchill. Upon completion of the program, they will be qualified to operate passenger trains in the Northern Manitoba towns of Churchill, Thompson or Gillam. These individuals will be responsible for the safety of VIA Rail passengers and crew and the efficiency of their transportation and will be subject to strict requirements:


  • Apprentice salary: $70,000 during year 1 and $105,000 during year 2
  • Salary upon completion of program: $139,000 or more provided for in the collective agreement TCRC
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • A uniform and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Employee wellness program
  • Mobile device (tablet) to stay connected and up to date in real time


  • You can forget about the 9 to 5: Schedules and destinations will vary.
  • You will travel away from home: Most assignments involve a one-night layover
  • You must always remain up to date: Master your operating rules by consulting your daily updates on a company provided mobile device (tablet).
  • You must expect the unexpected: Work in a fast-paced environment and face stressful factors daily as each trip is different


  • Approximately two (2) years of full-time training
  • A rigorous training curriculum based on the highest standards of the industry
  • A stimulating learning environment including ongoing testing, simulations, coaching and feedback
  • A lot of job shadowing and on-the-job training with experienced mentors
  • The necessity to study outside of training sessions to be successful


When driving passenger trains, safety is always top of mind. Masterful and rigorous application of safety rules is required in all situations. You will operate within the guidelines of the Railway Safety Act of Canada and the Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR) as well as VIA Rail’s special instructions.


Our locomotive engineers operate at the highest speeds in the industry and must demonstrate constant situational awareness. Solid reasoning skills, the ability to process a lot of information at once and prioritizing in a fast-paced environment are key in this role.


Our Locomotive Engineers work in pairs and are in continuous communication and collaboration with crew members, rail traffic controllers, VIA’s operation’s control centre, etc. ensuring a safe and efficient operational execution.


As a Locomotive Engineer, you are required to review changes to procedures, rules and exceptions before each trip.


Our Locomotive Engineers have the passengers’ and crew’s well-being at mind and heart in the execution of all their tasks, from train handling to interacting with the public.

Requirements :
  • A minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent
  • A minimum of three (3) years work experience (fields within highly regulated environments or that require a high degree of vigilance)
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English
  • Meeting our testing and selection criteria requirements at every step of the selection process
  • Meeting our background check requirements
  • Meeting the medical criteria for safety critical positions in accordance with the “Canadian Railway Medical Rules Handbook”
  • Valid driver licence with a good driver’s licence record. Please note that a certificate of your driving record will be required.

Please provide your resume when sending your application.

If operating passenger trains seems like an interesting challenge for you, visit to view a video and find out more about the program. You will be redirected to this job offer to apply. Should we contact you for a telephone interview, be prepared to answer questions about the following video.

Stages of the selection process:

The preferred means of communication to contact you throughout the selection process will be by email. Make sure the email you provide is accurate.

CV sorting: Whether your CV is retained or not, you will receive an email notification.

If your application is selected after sorting the resumes, here are the steps in the process, each of which is eliminatory.

  • A first test to be completed at home on the computer. A second test will be sent to you if you pass the first one. If you pass the first two tests, a third test will be administered by Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM).
  • A telephone interview.
  • Information sessions in Churchill and Thompson will be held on or about the week of 30, 2023 (more information to come).
  • An in-person interview in Churchill and Thompson will be held on or about the weeks of 6 or 13, 2023 (more information to come)
  • A group of finalists will be invited to complete pre-employment screening including a medical test*.
  • Selected finalists will receive confirmation of selection to the program.
  • The Locomotive Engineer Apprentice Program will officially begin on 20, 2023.
  • All tests will be paid by VIA Rail Canada.

**Please note that any travel or moving costs, if applicable, will be at your expense.

Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM) is a partner in this initiative, providing Essential Skills supports.

VIA Rail thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. VIA Rail is an employment-equity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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VIA Rail thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. VIA Rail is an employment-equity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. VIA Rail Canada is proud to be a military friendly employer.

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