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Signal Maintainer

Status: SHORTLISTING / Application process is now closed.

The Opportunity

You are joining a fast-thinking, dynamic, and self-motivated team that has primary responsibility for the safe operation of our signalized road crossings that protect the public and our employees, along with numerous varied tasks & challenges that will require you to be adaptive and resourceful. This Signal Maintainer opportunity by no means is limited to the duties listed below but it also allows you to assist as upgrades come online or faults occur in the numerous other systems along the infrastructure. As a Signal Maintainer you are responsible for but not limited to:

  • Maintaining warning systems and signals in a safe operating condition and performing regulatory inspections, testing, repairing, installing, and removing signals in accordance with applicable General Instructions and Transport Canada guidelines;
  • Completing new signal system construction and upgrades to current signal systems;
  • Inspecting, testing & verifying, reporting failures & unsafe conditions, repairing or replacing and maintaining various equipment;
  • Digging, cable repairing, housekeeping, assembling of signal equipment, wiring of signal equipment, pole lining work;
  • Planning & organizing your own work and coordinating it with the work of others;
  • Ensuring there is enough material on hand to permit work or repairs to be completed without undue delay;
  • Making only authorized corrections and modifications;
  • Operating company vehicles and railway maintenance equipment safely; and
  • Adhering to all safety and railroad rules & regulations according to company procedures/guidelines and to the various government agencies like Technical Safety BC and Transport Canada.


The Ideal Signal Maintainer incumbent will possess these attributes:

  • Minimum grade 12 diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Electrical engineering background or education with an understanding of mechanical engineering is an asset;
  • Must be a certified Signals and Communication Maintainer with a valid certificate issued from a recognized railway;
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the electrical and mechanical field;
  • Must have a general knowledge of Transport Canada Grade Crossing Regulations;
  • Must be certified in Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR);
  • Preferred railway signal construction experience to support project work;
  • Additional construction experience from other industries seen as an asset;
  • Minimum valid Class 5 BC driver’s license with valid Class 3 BC driver’s license preferred; and
  • Adherence to safety procedures/guidelines, such as Job Briefings.


Additional information:

  • SRY operates 24/7, 365 days a year, as a result, you may work irregular hours and must be available for on-call and emergency response;
  • Must be able and willing but not mandated to work outside of the hours set out in the collective agreement;
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions. Safety is our core value which requires you to wear safety protection such as hard hats, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective clothing, and steel toe boots; and
  • This is a job that requires physical health and conditioning.


This is a unionized position with a competitive salary and benefits package. All new hires will be required to undergo reference, pre-employment medical, criminal record checks and for applicable jobs, credit check inquiry.

The application process is now closed. While we thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited (SRY) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.