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What is Intermodal?

Intermodal refers to using two or more modes of transportation, including train, ocean vessel or truck, to move freight shipments from departure to destination.

 CN has 23 Intermodal Terminals, and has the only rail network that touches three coasts in North America, accessing the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. Our strategically placed Intermodal Terminals provide access to over 75% of U.S. markets and all Canadian markets.
Whether shipping within
North America or Internationally, CN’s Intermodal service saves time and money, and reduces the environmental impact. 


Jobs in Intermodal

Joining the CN Intermodal team offers you the opportunity to progress in your career, while being supported by formal classroom training and on-the-job experience. You will begin as an Intermodal Helper and later move on to be an Equipment Operator, and then a Heavy Equipment Operator. This career progression also includes an increase in both responsibility and compensation. All jobs in Intermodal are safety-sensitive and therefore require strict adherence to safety policies and regulations.  

Intermodal Helper / Labourer

An entry-level position, the Helper is responsible for assisting all Heavy Equipment Operators with tasks related to their jobs. This includes placement and removal of inter- box connectors (IBC), locking and unlocking double-stacked containers, performing pre-departure safety inspections on outbound trains, and cleaning up the work area.

Annual salary: Up to $55,200

Intermodal Equipment Operator

Within an Intermodal terminal, Equipment Operators are responsible for operating shunt trucks in order to move containers from one designated area to another, for the purpose of loading them on to rail cars, and moving containers that have been unloaded from rail cars to designated parking areas within the facility. May perform the duties of an Intermodal Helper when required.

 Annual salary: Up to $57,000

Heavy Equipment Operator

Within an Intermodal terminal, Heavy Equipment Operators are responsible for operating counter balance/ heavy lift equipment, for the purpose of loading and unloading containers to and from rail cars and chassis, following CN safety procedures. Required to operate shunt tractors or perform the duties of a Helper when required.

Annual salary: Up to $61,400


Bilingual Customer Service Clerk

The Customer Service Clerk communicates directly with Intermodal terminals and international ports to verify and release incoming shipments. The Clerk’s sign-off is the final step before a train departs from a port en route to its inland destination. Attention to detail is therefore paramount. Bilingualism is essential for this role; fluency in written and spoken French and English is required to interact with contacts across our Canadian network.  

Annual salary: Up to $62,000


  Heavy Duty Mechanic


Intermodal Heavy Duty Mechanics perform major and minor repairs, overhauls and servicing on all types of vehicles, vehicle attachments and material handling equipment. They inspect, service and maintain intermodal cranes, terminal tractors, vehicles and equipment, in accordance with federal and company regulations, including changing oil or repairing, replacing, cleaning and adjusting parts. Provincial license is required.

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