Field Engineer Reliability - St Paul, MN

Company: CP ( Learn More )

General Information
US-MN-Saint Paul
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Job Description

Purpose of Position

The Field Engineer Reliability utilizes mechanical locomotive shop hands experience, plus quantitative reliability engineering concepts and techniques to optimize maintenance practices for locomotives by increasing reliability while at the same time optimizing total cost of ownership. This role also provides reliability engineering expertise to the head off locomotive fleet managers in all aspects of maintenance and life-cycle planning activities as well as provides direct hands-on field support for the Mechanical locomotive shops.

The Field Engineer Reliability has direct responsibility for day to day and life-cycle locomotive subsystem analysis using the system of record combined with field work.  Using this analysis they are responsible for supporting the locomotive fleet managers and the mechanical shops with the implementation of maintenance and overhaul strategies that improve overall locomotive reliability. 

Position Accountabilities

  • Through engineering and statistical analysis, develop and review fleet performance trends, defect data, and root cause failure analysis applying Six Sigma, 5Why’s and RCA type analytic methodologies where appropriate to develop locomotive overhaul and component rebuild specification requirements;
  • Support the implementation of proactive and predictive running and overhaul fleet maintenance strategies and fleet reliability improvement programs for all critical locomotive subsystems through the use of hands-on knowledge and experience, analytical techniques,  and condition based onboard remote diagnostic systems;
  • Prepare communications and technical instructions (workscopes, technical tips, quality alerts and other bulletins) for new maintenance policies, reliability improvement programs and other modifications. This role will support in field pilot modifications and work scope development;
  • Through shop audits, support the monitoring of compliance of mechanical shops to documented workscopes, maintenance policies and processes for all fleets, programs and component overhauls and repairs;
  • Organize and facilitate root cause analysis on daily locomotive failures with Mechanical field;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of predictive and preventative maintenance programs for locomotives by conducting field inspections of detected defects, and make recommendations based on qualitative analysis of defects;
  • Monitors component reliability through statistical analysis of locomotive subsystem information in order to identify problem areas and as required Monitor compliance to specification of all key locomotive material suppliers with oversight on physical audits, teardowns and other inspections as required to ensure material meets CP requirements;
  • Provides the mechanical shop with technical on-site support and training as required for program implementation and/or new technology;
  • As required, represents the Company on various Technical Committees of the Association of American Railroads, Federal Railway Administration, Transport Canada and Railway Association of Canada and plays an active role in developing industry locomotive maintenance policies and standards;
  • As required, evaluates new locomotive technologies to support locomotive reliability.
  • Position Requirements

  • Engineering degree  in a Mechanical/Electrical preferred, with strong emphasis on statistical and reliability methods;
  • 10-15 years field experience in locomotive maintenance on GE and EMD locomotive fleets preferred;
  • strong emphasis on statistical and reliability methods;
  • strong data analysis skills strongly preferred;
  • Field experience on North American locomotive maintenance;
  • SAP Plant Maintenance is an asset;
  • Microsoft Applications knowledge strongly desired;
  • Candidate should be able to be a team player, as well as be able to work autonomously. The candidate should be a self-starter, inquisitive, persistent, innovative, and organized;
  • Ability to influence;
  • Ability to facilitate root cause analysis with mixed disciplines.

  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Completive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy

    As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.

    Medical Requirements:
    CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is considered a safety sensitive position; all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical evaluation that includes a vision, hearing, drug screening and pre-employment physical.

    Drug Test Elements:

    All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CP safe and drug free. 

    Background Investigation:

    The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:    

  • Criminal history check
  • Education verification
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service
  • Social Security number verification
  • Management Conductor Program:

    Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.

    CP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Job Requirements