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Canadian National Railway Company Mechanical Internship - US in Homewood, Illinois

Mechanical Internship - US

Summer Internship for Students in Mechanical Department

CN is currently seeking candidates who are working towards obtaining a Bachelors of Science specializing in Mechanical/Agricultural or Biological Engineering or Bachelors in Business Managementfor a paid internship during the summer of 2020 (May 11- August 21, 2020).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Shadow Mechanical Supervisors who supervise and coach union staff
  • Observe train safety inspections
  • Audit cars with the Mechanical Supervisor
  • Check for defects with the Carman
  • Update records for locomotives and cars
  • Observe efficiency tests performed on employees
  • Attend conference calls and meetings with clients
  • Assist with audits and capital programs
  • Work on special projects as assigned

Working Conditions:

  • Work shift work, including nights, weekends and holidays

  • Combination of office work and working outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions.

  • Enforce safe work procedures and policies

  • Meet deadlines, interface with senior management

  • Travel for company business, at times without advance notice

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Valid driver's license

  • Must be a legal U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Must be a student currently enrolled and working towards a degree in Mechanical/Agricultural, Biological Engineering with a focus on off-road equipment and heavy machinery or a related field

  • Displays computer proficiency

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are necessary in English

  • Ability to travel, with minimal notice, anywhere within our U.S. operations during the internship

  • Ability to work both inside and outside in all types of weather conditions

  • Ability to pass a background investigation pertaining to federal and state criminal history, including driver history

  • Must be able to attend orientation, May 11, 2020 in Homewood, IL

The ideal candidate profile:

  • Interested in a career as a Mechanical Supervisor following the internship

  • Knowledge of railway practices, railway design standards, industry standards and federal regulations affecting railway facilities and operations

  • Demonstrates the ability to work autonomously, adapt rapidly to changing circumstances and situations and manage stressful situations.

  • Collaborative and team-oriented, can motivate others to achieve set objectives and maintains positive interactions.

  • Is result-focused, while prioritizing daily tasks.

  • Excellent English verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills.

  • Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety and company satisfaction.

  • Prior experience working with or managing a unionized environment

  • Understands and applies safety standards


  • Previous experience in a railroad environment

  • Students that are entering their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel

Work Location

  • Possible locations include anywhere along our U.S. network


CN is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation. Only qualified candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.