Canadian National Railway Company Transportation Event Analyst in Homewood, Illinois

Transportation Event Analyst

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB CN harnesses the power of information every minute of every day to make better decisions. Almost every aspect of our business relies on technology; this is why CN invests around $100 million every year on IT projects and infrastructure. With close to 1,000 in-house employees, CN’s IT team is more than a first-class technology shop – they’re railroaders, dedicated to helping our people work smarter and our trains run safely.

Right now, one of the team’s biggest priorities is the Positive Train Control (PTC) project. PTC is a government-regulated initiative to increase rail safety through better monitoring and control of train movements. It consists of highly-advanced technologies designed to prevent incidents like train-to-train collisions and over-speed derailments.


As a Transportation Event Analyst, you are part of the team that will ensure the implementation and readiness of one of the most important cross-functional undertakings at CN in recent years.

More specifically, in this role, you are key to the smooth day-to-day operations of PTC within Information Technology and Operational Technology groups. That means you are someone who already has a solid understanding of the organization and overall PTC solution, and you can hit the ground running with ease to have Problems resolved.


  • The Transportation Event Analyst, owns individual problems assigned to them, assigns tasks to technical resources (Task Assignees) who may work in many different areas who are responsible for problem resolution

  • Investigate and diagnose assigned problems for workarounds and or root causes within the scope of the PTC Support Center.

  • Produce PTC event investigation reports to present to the business
  • Assigns tasks to technical resources (Task Assignees), if required, and coordinate root cause analysis and diagnosis.
  • Analyze PTC Locomotive IETMS logs, Wayside logs and Back Office logs to determine root causes of PTC transportation events.

  • Provide training and or mentorship for the PTC Support officers.

  • Work with FTP clients (ex: WINSCP, FileZilla) to access critical data from the locomotive TMC.

  • Work proficiently with Notepad++ to perform data parsing for log analysis and investigation purposes.

  • Work with Wabtec tools to identify specific track data such as switches, signals, WIU etc. in each subdivision file.


  • Technical Associate’s Degree

  • Minimum 3 years in railroad field position

  • Excellent verbal, written and technical communication skills to interact with individuals from various levels and departments

  • Experience with IT incident and problem solving

  • Working knowledge of fundamental operations of IT service management relevant software (ex: HPSM), PTC related hardware and software systems (ex: WIU,WMS,etc..) and other equipment (ex: Locomotive)

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite


  • Previous experience with CN’s and familiar with PTC

  • Two years of IT service management experience

  • Knowledge of ITIL service management frame work

  • Experience in Incident/Problem management

  • _CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email. _