Steel Bridge Worker

Canadian National Railway

Enjoying physical labour and working outdoors as well as being safety-minded are vital to a career in rail operations at CN. If you like being part of a team and working in different locations every day, a rewarding career in track maintenance will appeal to you.

Working on a crew, you’ll be part of an ever-changing, safety-first work environment that ensures our infrastructure is safe, sound and train-ready. At CN, the careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters.

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Job Summary

The Steel Bridge Worker is responsible for contributing to Brides and Structures and work outside to assist with and replace or repair worn or broken components. In addition, the incumbent participates in fabricating and building new components for timber, concrete, and steel railway structures, including bridges and culverts.

Major Responsibilities

Fabricate, assemble, and build timber, concrete, and steel railway bridge components
Use various common and specialized hand and power tools
Prepare and carry out minor maintenance of tools for assigned work
Remove and replace defective bridge, culvert, and other structural components
Load, unload, sort, shovel, and distribute various materials
Clean-up after work completion
Operate Hirail boom truck to load, transport, and unload bridge, as well as culvert material on road and rail

Working Conditions

Must be able to work in a unionized environment as a crew member to perform various maintenance, repair, and replacement tasks, in a safety-sensitive environment around heavy moving equipment outdoors in all weather conditions
The role is exposed to harsh outdoor weather conditions such as heat and cold, as well as noisy surroundings
Capable of working in various shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays
Required to work away from home, sometimes for extended periods of time
Ability to lift from 50 to 85 lbs
Capable of climbing and working at heights using fall protection equipment


Experience in structural environments
Experience in physical labour, including lifting and occasional heavy lifting
Completion of high school or a General Education Diploma (GED)
Attend, pass, and maintain applicable training such as timber, crane, Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR), Track Inspection Guidelines (TIG), National Safety Code (NSC), and steel
Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certified Welder
Class 3 Driver’s License with air endorsement or equivalent in the province of residence
Physical labour experience is a definite asset including lifting, occasional heavy lifting
Ability to read and understand detailed drawings and sketches for various types of repair work and new construction
Ability to follow strict guidelines concerning safe work practices
Knowledge of cleaning, fabrication, installation, repairs, and maintenance of steel and concrete structures, as well as culverts

Any experience/education/skills/knowledge for these above would be considered as an asset


The position is required to attend classroom and on-the-job training that CN offers.

This position is a unionized position.

As such, pay and benefits are governed by the applicable collective agreement.

About CN

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