CN utilizes numerous technology initiatives to improve the safety and efficiency of the railroad. The Engineering team is on the forefront of finding new technologies that can be used to improve safety, reduce accidents and increase the production, efficiency and prioritization of the work being completed by our field teams. CN drone technology equipment is the latest new initiative to bring value to the inspection and monitoring fleet within the Engineering team. The Drone Operations Supervisor is responsible for aeronautical inspections of bridges, culverts, yards and other infrastructures that belong to CN. This position will be responsible to build schedules based on priority, conduct inspections of identified priority locations (including obtaining the necessary track protection), generate usable reports and data resulting from the inspections and work with Engineering field personnel to identify areas that may need attention. Additionally, the successful candidate will be tasked with taking a lead roll in the overall development of the UAV program at CN.
Develop a frequency schedule for UAV inspections of major assets.
Develop strategies for enhancing the utilization of the UAV’s at CN.
Work with CN Engineering field staff to coordinate infrastructure inspections and ensure data from inspections is provided in the proper manner to action and necessary work and remedial action.
Conduct flight inspections of CN infrastructure, including bridges, rock slopes, culverts and track.
Utilize the data from the UAV inspections for managing changes in the infrastructure.
Implement programs (CAD, other) to manage the data coming from the UAV inspections.
Assist with the integration and training of CN employees on UAV technology.
Provide weekly progress and inspection reports to the Engineering technology team.
Work with the suppliers of equipment/technology to continue to develop the UAV program to meet CN’s long-term vision.
Work with the suppliers to track the reliability and accuracy of the technology for continued improvement. Effectively report the productivity of the UAV’s.
Attend aviation research committee meetings to ensure CN is aligned with the industry on all matters pertaining to UAV’s.
Communicate with regulatory agencies such as the FRA and Transport Canada to ensure CN is in compliance at all times.
Manage the successful implementation of the UAV program.
Develop financial estimates, submit business cases for yearly UAV budget, and monitor spending to ensure the department stays within budget for both capital purchases and operations.
Provide information on all UAV initiatives to the Technology Working Committee as required.
Effectively communicate outputs of the program with all levels of the company.
Ensure that all necessary training and certification remains current.
85% field work (including air travel and driving; passport required) – traveling across North America; 15% office work.
Overnight travel required throughout the CN network including significant amount of driving required, with multiple nights away from home.
Significant time doing computer work and processing data.
Work schedule will be 10 days on, 4 days off.
Able to support yourself for travel expenses during extended over night stays in multiple week trips; travel expenses on company business will be reimbursed on a bi-weekly basis.
Basic knowledge of track components and track structure.
Basic knowledge of bridge structure.
Aeronautical background and pilot experience.
Experience with utilizing aeronautical charts for aviation navigation.
Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint and Auto CAD.
Valid Drivers License and able to obtain a passport.
Eligible to obtain a work visa.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or other discipline.
Aviation certificate or pilot’s license.
Demonstrated knowledge of working in a team environment with the ability to work independently when required.
1+ years working for Class 1 RR in engineering or track capacity.
1+ years experience in aviation.
USOR / CROR Rules Qualified.
Strong analytical skills with unwavering commitment to safe operations and customer service