Manager, Signals

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Manager, Signals is responsible for the efficient, safe and economical maintenance, repairs, alterations and modifications to ensure reliable operation of automatic crossing protection, hot journal detection systems, high water and slide detection systems, maintenance and installation of AEI (Automatic Equipment Identification), and other related safety equipment.


  • Supervises and directs 4 full-time signal maintainers
  • Responsible for department operating and capital budgets
  • Establishes and carries out an effective preventative maintenance program and expedites efficient corrective repairs following signal failures and or damage
  • Ensures compliance with standards laws and codes such as Transport Canada and A.A.R. Regulations
  • Administers the collective agreement and participates in negotiations
  • Assists in the investigating and reporting of any accidents/incidents involving signal personnel, including follow up reports for Workers Compensation.
  • Expedites all emergency calls, on a 24 hour basis, year round, determines priorities and arranges corrective action as necessary
  • Ensures adherence to all safety rules, procedures and practices
  • Plans, directs and oversees the completion of all major signal department projects
  • Performs random inspections of facilities and testing of signal equipment to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Arranges and oversees inspection and testing of signal equipment to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Arranges prompt repair or protection of damaged signal equipment to maintain safe operation of rail and highway traffic
  • Prepares, submits and administers annual departmental operating and capital budgets and ensures expenditures fall within the constraints of the submitted budgets and explains any variances as required
  • Requisitions/purchases materials parts and tools and recommends new equipment acquisitions
  • Scrutinizes and certifies accounts, weekly timesheets and employee expense submissions and approves invoices for payment as appropriate
  • Maintains stock control and supply of emergency replacement parts
  • Prepares estimates for the installation and maintenance of signal equipment for the Railway and its customers
  • Keeps informed and up-to-date on technical development in the industry
  • Ensures that all signal department technical plans and reporting documents are kept current, up-to-date and according to standards
  • Performs other related duties as required



  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in Electronics, Electrical or Civil Engineering, or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to become CROR qualified
  • Strong working knowledge of all signal systems, codes and practices is a must
  • Able to work effectively without close supervision
  • Good computer skills
  • Subject to call 24 hours, seven days per week
  • Works in all weather conditions
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Good knowledge of electronics
  • Knowledge in Radio and wireless based communications
  • Must be able to travel frequently (up to 50% of the time)
  • Must be able to walk and climb over rough terrain to visit job sites
  • Supervisory and budgeting experience will be considered an asset

CLOSING DATE:  June 24, 2018 no later than 11:59 p.m. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified individuals are invited to apply in writing with a current covering letter and resume (provided in one document), stating reference name and number.

Ontario Northland is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources.

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