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General Labourer- Vancouver (Lower Mainland)

At A&B Rail LTD., our work is getting and keeping Canada’s railway operators in motion – safely and sustainably! We work coast-to-coast, in every railway sector, and on any size project. Our commitment is service excellence and offering our clients exceptional value.  Within our team, we call this Doing It Right!


  • Candidates applying for this position must have their own transportation as job sites are throughout the region.
  • Preference will be shown to candidates that reside in the region.
  • Due the physically demanding nature of the position, candidates will be required to undergo fitness testing as a condition of employment.


    Reporting to the Foreman, the General Labourer maintains and repairs railway tracks. Duties can include replacing and repairing various track components including rails, railway ties, and fences and adjusting the alignment and the surface of the track as well as responding to emergencies and track outages.


  • General labour, pulling spikes from rail by hand, hammering spikes into rail with various different types of hammers
  • Shoveling rocks and dirt for manual grading of surfaces and clearing ballasts
  • Various loading and unloading of heavy materials such as tools and equipment (spikes, tie plates, joint bars etc.) to and from various vehicles and machines
  • Clearing railway crossings of brush and tall grass using hand held tools and equipment
  • Removal of tie plates from the rail
  • Snow removal
  • Occasional driving of company vehicle
  • Other duties as assigned


    The successful candidate for this role will demonstrate the following skills and experiences:

  • General understanding of how to operate small equipment such as, but not limited to rail saws, drills, grinders, puller, air compressor, bolter, and back pack blower
  • General understanding how to operate hand tools such as, but not limited to hammers, claw bars, drift pin, scythes, brooms, shovel, pick, and track jacks
  • Basic understanding of survey grades and construction methods
  • Ability to read instructions, follow technical specifications and grade plans
  • Ability to perform various types of physical labour including moderate to heavy lifting, standing, bending, shovelling, etc.
  • Sound understanding of safety regulations, safe work practices and work procedures and be capable of assisting in maintaining safe work sites
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Perform duties in inclement weather, with possible exposure to severe weather conditions
  • Proficiency in the safe operation and maintenance of various related equipment and tools
  • Ability to maintain concentration and mental alertness in a variety of situations
  • Knowledge of workplace safety requirements and procedures
  • Knowledge of equipment maintenance and storage
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong stress management and time management skills


  • A high school diploma or equivalent with at least 1 year full time work experience as a General Labourer 
  • Must Produce Valid Operators License accompanied by driver's abstract
  • Valid CSTS, First Aid, H2S Alive and Ground Disturbance level 2 courses are considered an asset 


  • Competitive Pay
  • An industry leading comprehensive benefits program
  • The opportunity to work with a great team where Safety is an integral part of our culture

  • We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

    A&B Rail Services LTD. is an Equal Opportunity Employer