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Railway track maintenance workers operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks. They are employed by railway transport companies.
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- Operate machines and equipment such as tie cutters, tie injectors, tie anchors, rail lifters, spike drivers, spike pullers, rail saws and tie cranes to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks
- Operate machines and equipment to align tracks, to transfer, spread, level and tamp ballast around ties and rails and to clear snow from tracks
- Clean and make minor repairs to machines and equipment
- Patrol assigned track sections to identify and report damaged or broken track
- Shovel ice and snow from track switch boxes
- Perform other track maintenance duties as directed.
Outlook & Prospects for Railway Track Maintenance Workers in Montréal Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Compared to other occupations, this is a relatively small occupational group in the local area with few and infrequent job opportunities.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014
- Technicolor, a visual effects company, announced the expansion of its studio in Montréal. This expansion will require the hiring of 220 workers within six months. (available in French only)
- The bookstore Chapters, located in downtown Montréal, will be closing its doors in October in an effort to rationalise the company. This closing follows two other closings in Toronto in the last month. (available in French only)
- Approximately 10 positions will be removed from CTV Montréal's television station in the coming months
- Les 7 doigts de la main, a company dedicated to circus arts, will be moving into the former Just for Laughs museum in Montréal. This project, estimated at close to $17M, will group together the company's creation and production activities. (available in French only)
- Tech Mahindra, an Indian company that specializes in manufacturing engineering related to the aerospace industry, announced that it was establishing its Canadian head office in Montréal and planning to create 300 jobs within three years (available in French only)
- LTA Aerostructures, a manufacturer of heavy and wide-load airships based in the United States, is moving to Montréal. A $90M investment will enable the company to create 180 jobs within three years. (available in French only)
- FusiA, a French company that manufactures metal parts through laser fusion for the aeronautics industry, will open a plant in Montréal and expects to create approximately 15 jobs within three years. (available in French only)
- Alta Précision, a Montréal manufacturer of landing gear for the aeronautics industry, obtained a significant contract with the aircraft manufacturer Embraer. This project will enable the creation of approximately 15 jobs. (available in French only)
- Clothing retailer Mexx laid off approximately 15 persons at its Canadian head office in Montréal following restructuring; the majority of the positions were cut in the purchasing department. (available in French only)
- Montréal flight simulator manufacturer CAE was awarded contracts totalling $110M across the world in the defence sector (available in French only)
- Institut Gingras-Lindsay, a rehabilitation centre for accident victims in Montréal, announced the abolishment of 20 positions (available in French only)
- The inauguration of a 74-unit public housing building, Les Habitations Ararat, took place in Laval (available in French only)
- Manufacturer of pharmaceutical hygiene and health products, Johnson & Johnson, a property of Energizer Holdings, announced the closure of its Montréal plant in 2017. Progressively and as of 2015, nearly 430 people will be affected by this measure. (available in French only)
- The City of Montréal announced the location of its organic matter processing centre. Initially scheduled to open in the Saint-Michel neighborhood, its new location will be built in the Rivière-des-Prairies neighborhood in 2019. (available in French only)
- The city of Montréal announced the construction of a municipal animal services centre. This project, estimated at $23M, will open in 2018 in the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension. (available in French only)
- JetLine Aviation Services, an American company that provides new and spare parts to the aeronautics industry, will set up a shop in Montréal. Within three years, 13 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
- Bâtimo, a housing development company, announced the construction of a multi-residential building in Montréal, estimated at $26M (available in French only)
- Inception Sciences Montréal, a new biopharmaceutical incubator, was launched by venture capital firm Versant Ventures. Its goal is to help new companies in the life sciences field to accelerate their commercialization. (available in French only)
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