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The role of Expert Automated Train Operation System Design is to ensure production of detailed functional design for solution subsystem components, whether based on a packaged solution or on custom development. This involves working with Product Management, Architecture and end users to understand the End-to-End Architecture and requirements and flesh out a detailed system design for the specific component or area of expertise. This includes defining subsystem architecture and detailed functional level design and development plan as well being the overall owner of the conceptual subsystem solution during the development, testing, and integration stage. Another key responsibility is to work in close partnership with the Technical Delivery lead to provide clear and exact impact assessments in the initial phase of the development process. Additional responsibilities include supporting designers, developers and integrators during the full design and test cycle.


System Design

  • Analyze overall system issues and/or business requirements to design effective, high-availability, business-critical solutions
  • Understand high-level proposed architecture and transpose it into subsystem designs that will meet all functional and non-functional requirements. The developed designs will then be elaborated by the design and development resources.
  • Create standards and best practices that ensure the systems design is maintainable, sustainable and properly documented with all the associated IP constructs
  • Create standards and best practices that ensure reliability, safety and cybersecurity standards are imbedded in the design of the sub systems
  • Work with Manager to define domain best practices and standards for the System Designers
  • Understand Rail subsystems Architecture in order to develop Specifications on technical Design aspects (Hardware & Software integration)
  • Design and propose enhancements and modifications to the subsystem architecture
  • When called upon, will be required to work with FRA and CN personnel in the various regulatory inspections to ensure all requirements are properly designed
  • Be a champion to the systems designers on adoption of proper detailed development and designs
  • Work with Manager to drive best practices and a practice based approach towards system design

Delivery & Quality

  • Conduct impact assessments for proposed architecture to help with delivery strategy
  • Provide, or verify, work estimates. Evaluate/assess upgrades, priorities and criticality.
  • Define deployment plan and support Q&A and Integration Engineers from a technical subsystem product owner perspective
  • Ensure compliance with and oversee development, and execution of testing strategies, test plans, and test procedures to validate that the system correctly implements the specifications
  • Work with Manager and technical leads to help plan the release
  • Work with Quality leads, Management, and QA to constantly monitor quality KPI’s and implement design improvements
  • Be the technical lead and technical authority throughout the delivery and lifecycle of the solution



  • Proven track record of success in complex system engineering environments
  • Minimum 10-15 years overall work experience (including in system integration of a complex train control system and in software engineering and design)
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrating technical leadership qualities and/or overseeing deliverables (including in a leadership role of leading developers or integrators)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field


  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
  • Strong ability to analyze, design & document detailed designs
  • Knowledge of automated train operation (ATO) environment, automated control systems, grades of automation and supervisory systems
  • Knowledge of automated train operation (ATO) situational awareness and hazard detection systems
  • Excellent knowledge of system engineering & design processes (ISO/IEC 15288 & 12207 or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of system engineering modelling and requirements management tools
  • Knowledge of railway safety engineering practices (IEC 61508, EN 50126/IEC 62278, EN 50128/IEC 62279 and EN 50129/IEC 62425) or equivalent from other industries
  • Strong ability to analyze, design & document detailed designs
  • Ability to provide, verify and validate work estimates
  • Proficient in documentation of complex concepts such as impact analysis, security models, performance and capacity planning, and strategic technical decision


  • Knowledge of railway freight environments in North America
  • Knowledge of train control (ATC) & protection (ATP) systems (railway signaling, interlocking, European Train Control System, Positive Train Control, Communication-Based Train Control, etc.)
  • Knowledge of train supervision (ATS) systems (dispatching, movement planning, conflict detection, decision support system, etc.)
  • Experience in working with Agile and Dev(Sec)Ops development organizations
  • Managing Life cycle of delivery of complex system
  • Experience with executive presentations

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

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.

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