Key Responsibilities:

  • Administer the locomotive and coach refurbishment contracts, including the development of specifications, tendering, approvals, inspection, testing, final acceptance, and commissioning of rolling stock to ensure compliance with contracted requirements.

  • Manage and negotiate changes to GO Transit’s locomotive, coach and Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) fleet Maintenance Services Contract and contracts with other railways and suppliers; develops the scope of work, tendering, and oversight of consultant assignments.

  • Manage quality assurance in all production stages, including the commissioning and implementation of Contractor’s Field Modification Instructions and GO’s modifications to all refurbished coaches and refurbished and new locomotives and Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) equipment.

  • Oversee GO Transit’s Rail Fleet overhauls, design changes, maintenance, and retrofits in accordance with the corporate business plan.

  • Coordinate and administer leasing arrangements, including agreements with other railways and transit authorities’ rolling stock.

  • Manage the locomotive and coach maintenance programs; research and develop business justifications for new technologies.

  • Monitor the performance of GO Transit’s locomotive and coach fleet, identify trends and performance problems, and takes action to improve.

  • Manage the investigation of all accidents, on-road equipment failures, delays, passenger complaints, and claims issues.

  • Manage the design, procurement, and installation of new technologies to improve the reliability and maintainability of rail fleets.

  • Manage the initiation and development of Engineering Proposals to effect modifications to coaches and locomotives.

  • Liaise with operating railways, Transport Canada, and the Transportation Safety Board for all accident investigations.

  • Develop and manage a guide of key performance indicators that can be used by Executive Management to monitor ongoing effectiveness.

  • Administer and upgrade a computerized management information system(s) for Rail Fleets & Facilities.

  • Manage an audit process that ensure the quality and effectiveness of work carried out by contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

  • Manage the development and preparation of submissions to the Finance Committee and the Board.

  • Oversee capital improvement programs for major component replacement or rebuilds of locomotives, coaches, and DMU’s.

  • Manage the administration of all warranty claims, liquidated damages and rejected components related to new and refurbished rolling stock.

  • Manage more than 15 employees both bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit staff members through subordinate supervisors.

  • Manage and direct staff and consultants engaged in project teams; deliver timely feedback to ensure a cohesive operational unit and the optimum use of team skills; monitor work assignments for adherence to timelines and the achievement of contractor performance objectives outlined in Agreement terms and conditions; develop and implements action plans to address performance gaps.

Location:                        Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility – 625 Victoria Street, Whitby, ON.

File Number:                   RAI002Y


  • Completion of a degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or a related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent.

  • Minimum eight (8) years’ experience managing and administering railway/transit maintenance programs and contracts including experience in business and strategic planning and service measurement.

  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and standards established by regulatory authorities (e.g. Transport Canada (TC), Federal Railway Administration (FRA), American Passenger Transportation Association (APTA), American Association of Railways (AAR)) and environmental legislation and the Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR).

  • Technical knowledge of commuter locomotive and coach equipment.

  • Knowledge of mechanical/electrical technology; knowledge of efficient work planning and other industrial engineering techniques.

  • Knowledge of HR legislation to monitor and manage employees, including experience in the application of collective agreement provisions.

  • Experience with vendor management to manage development and delivery of externally provided products and services and monitor contractor work assignments for adherence to timelines and the achievement of performance objectives outlined in the Agreement terms and conditions.

  • Project management principles and practices, including budget and schedule controls, to lead and direct cross functional teams and consultants engaged in simultaneous projects and monitor project activities for adherence to timelines, budgets, and project performance objectives.

  • Knowledge of budget development and management processes.

  • Proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Organizational and oral/written communication skills to coordinate and administer contracts, leases, and strategic rail fleet maintenance plans.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER                                                                                      

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