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The Geotechnical Engineer is responsible for providing expertise in the planning, inspection and execution of construction and railway maintenance projects. The incumbent is accountable for assisting in the implementation and documentation of CN’s grade and slope stabilization program. The role includes monitoring the status of ground hazard locations, developing tender documents, and supervising consultants and contractors on the railway maintenance projects from initial conception to completion. Furthermore, the incumbent provides support for emergency response to service interruption linked with geohazards and coordinates service with internal departments and external engineering consultants, as well as financial budgetary control.
Railway Ground Hazards
- Direct the implementation of economical solutions to geotechnical problems in all phases of company activities, excluding bridge and building foundations
- Assist in the management of the grade and slope stabilization program
- Inspect and monitor the status of the ground hazard locations to develop mitigation plans ensuring the reduction of potential grade and slope failures
- Handle the direction and control of construction contractors engaged in stabilization work
- Select and hire contractors, establishing terms and conditions of work, suitable budget, payment approval, and implementation coordination
Project Management and Tracking
- Coordinate internal and external capital, special capital and operating expenditure projects
- Oversee construction activities in the field to ensure that work is being performed in accordance with CN standards
- Complete exposure reduction and job briefing discussions, hazard identifications, and field verifications of life critical rules for projects
- Audit active construction sites and validate that employees and contractors are observing safe and proper work practices and review new safety flashes with the team
- Handle projects with both internal and external stakeholders
- Contribute, present, and receive approval for the costing and estimates for projects
- Handle internal stakeholders to ensure that projects meet requirements by using appropriate resources
- Ensure that projects are completed within established timelines as defined with internal stakeholders
- Create, follow, and adhere to estimates to be contained within budget envelopes
- Participate and contribute to all monthly budget tracking calls
- Collaborate with the internal Track, Bridges and Structures, Flagging, Signals and Communication, and all other internal teams to ensure that projects are meeting the established milestones
Urgent and Emergency Response
- Provide urgent or rapid emergency response and support for ground hazard incidents impacting railway operations (e.g., track foundation failures, embankment failures, rockslides, washouts)
The role is performed in a combination of office and outdoor environment in various types of weather and environmental conditions with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. The role is subject to calls at any time to respond to critical incidences. The incumbent must be able to work at potentially hazardous sites including completing inspections from helicopters, steep rock slopes and slippery soil slopes involving significant walking and driving. The role requires regular travel (50%) in Canada for field inspections of sites and maintenance programs, including stays away from home to remote and mountain areas. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines and handle pressure.
Geotechnical Engineering or Construction Management
- Between 2 to 5 years of experience in construction management or geotechnical or geological engineering
o Experience in railroad and civil construction*
o Experience in non-urban settings*
- Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset
- Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science, Civil or Geological Engineering.
- Eligible for registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) or Applied Science Technologist
- Valid Driver’s License
- Leads by example for the safety and security of all
- Communicates with impact
- Collaborates with others and shares information
- Applies critical thinking
- Sets direction and inspires others
- Demonstrates agility and drives change
- Delegates and empowers others to create accountability
- Knowledge of railway track, grade design, construction, and retaining wall design*
- Knowledge of rock slope engineering and embankment stability
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project)
- Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database management
- Proficient in drafting and hand sketches to communicate solutions to engineering problems
- Knowledge of geotechnical techniques and natural hazards*
- Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset
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