CN - Labourer, Equipment Operator

Auto req ID5467BR

Posting title Labourer/Equipment Operator/HEO – Intermodal Yard

Position profile


Intermodal Spareboard employees work on call and are given a minimum of 2 hours notice before their shift as they do not have a preset schedule for the week. They normally perform the tasks of Helper/Attendant, Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator. For more information about the position please click here

Successful applicants will start as Intermodal 'Spareboard' employees where they will be required to train and qualify on the duties of:


Performing basic hand and horn signals to guide the Heavy Equipment Operators in the performance of their duties

Lifting, carrying, placing and removing inter-box connectors (IBCs) weighing 8 to 10 lbs

Driving pickups and hitch trucks as well as operating yard tractors

Performing various tasks to ensure the proper setup of guides on the rail cars

Setting up rail cars, assisting heavy equipment operators in loading/unloading containers and emptying chassis/trailers to and from rail cars

Shunting inbound and outbound loads to and from railcars for inbound/outbound trains

Lifting rail car hitches

Loading reefers from carters

Connecting and disconnecting gensets (portable fossil-fuel powered generators)

Placing, removing and locking/unlocking train connectors

Ensuring proper container/trailer placement on rail cars

Driving pickup and hitch trucks, operating yard tractors, forklifts and small cranes

Performing various tasks to ensure proper placement and setup of containers and train cars.

Interpreting and completing paperwork associated with the loading/unloading of railcars and trailers

Operating mobile cranes (primarily ‘reach stackers') that lift containers to and from railcars and truck chassis

Available to work on an on-call basis, 24 hours a day with a minimum of 2 hours notice

Ability to work various shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime

Ability to work outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions, with heavy equipment, and exposure to dust, pollen, noise and vibrations

Frequent climbing and balancing, gripping hand-holds while working at heights of 4-8 feet (1-2 meters) off the ground

Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, performing overhead work, lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg) and occasionally up to 70 pounds (32 kg)

Perform duties of Helper/Attendant, Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator

This job is considered safety sensitive so you need to have a drug test

High school diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED)

Lift-truck operator certification

Proficiency with shovels, rod/pry bars, sledgehammers, jackhammers, wrenches, hand/power drills, hand tools and technical instruments (meters), etc. If experienced, use of heavy equipment such as backhoe, trencher, and directional barring machine

Proficiency in the operation of lift-truck, up to 21,000 pounds (10,000 kg) capacity

Good hand-eye coordination

Work within a specific yard

40 hours classroom

120 hours on the job training

The employee remains in this position for a minimum of three month after their hire date

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