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Head of Rail Cars & Shops (J.O#10331ie)

Job Opportunity Program
Toronto, Ontario

Last Day to Apply: August 21, 2017
Employment Type: Full Time




Guided by a new and ambitious Corporate Plan, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), North America’s 3rd largest transit system, has embarked on a 5-year journey to transform into a transit system that makes Toronto proud. Our ongoing recruitment efforts are strategically aligned with the TTC’s corporate mission “to provide a reliable, efficient, and integrated bus, streetcar, and subway system that draws its high standards of customer care from our rich traditions of safety, service, and courtesy”.                          

We are currently seeking a Head of Rail Cars & Shops. This position consists of a 35 hour work week.


Reporting to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Rail Cars & Shops is accountable for managing the activities of the Rail Cars & Shops Department within the Subway Operations group. Specific areas of responsibility are: Greenwood Shop; Davisville, Greenwood, McCowan and Wilson Carhouses; Line Services; Vehicle Maintenance Engineering; Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety (RAMS); Operations Control; and Safety.

  • Strategically and effectively planning, directing and managing the preventative and recurring maintenance programs for the subway revenue and non-revenue work car fleets to ensure safe, clean, efficient and reliable rail transportation services;
  • Directing and overseeing all activities of Rail Cars & Shops Department staff to ensure a high level of performance, quality and service orientation;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective policies, standards, procedures and controls that are in the best interest of the Rail Cars & Shops Department and the TTC, and in compliance with all applicable legislation/regulations;  
  • Substituting for the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, as required;
  • Responsible for providing leadership in overseeing the work of Department staff (either directly or through direct reports) ensuring that accessibility/accommodation needs of TTC passengers and/or employees are effectively met in a timely fashion in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Related Orders so that they can fully benefit from the TTC as a service provider and an employer;
  • Participation in the TTC Customer Service Ambassador Program.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of rail car maintenance and shop operations combined with extensive knowledge of procedures and practices for the effective preventative and corrective maintenance and major overhaul of rail vehciles and related components;
  • Must have, or quickly acquire, thorough knowledge of related operating rules and regulations, maintenance and operational plans and procedures, and Collective Agreements;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of business administration and fiscal concepts/practices; an understanding of pertinent human resources policies, practices and legislation/regulations;
  • A proven record in formulating strategic goals and objectives, as well as budgets, policies, and long range programs;
  • Sound judgement supported by excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory skills to motivate and manage the performance of a large group of (staff and unionized) employees, and to lead and coordinate diverse areas of responsibility with due regard for effective and high quality deliverables;
  • A valid Class “G” Driver’s license for the Province of Ontario and use of own vehicle;
  • A University degree in a relevant discipline such as Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Business administration, or the equivalent, combined with extensive and progressively responsible experience in the management and administration of vehicle maintenance operations and associated functions;
  • Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario is an asset;
  • Must have or rapidly acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code and Related Orders including disability accommodation and accessibility requirements pertaining to passengers and employees.

Annual Salary Range: $149,312.80 to $186,695.60 (Level 14SA) - 35 Hour Work Week

At the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), we place a high value on establishing a workplace where people are challenged and respected every day, and we keep Toronto moving with a dedication to service, safety and convenience that is unparalleled in our industry. We invite you to join our team in delivering on our commitment to creating a transit system that makes Toronto proud.

Hiring and selection preferences are not given in the employment of an employee’s relatives. Relatives of current TTC employees cannot be hired, assigned transferred or promoted into positions, where there is a potential conflict of interest due to relationship. If you are qualified for the position for which you are applying, you will be required to disclose the name, relationship, and position of any relative who is a current TTC employee at the employment interview.

The TTC is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. Committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the TTC encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodation is available for applicants, including those with disabilities, throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resource- Employment Services at (416) 393-4570.


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