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A tunnelling section engineer is involved in the planning and design of tunnelling projects. This can involve designing tunnel structures and procuring the materials needed to construct them.
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There are several routes to becoming a tunnelling section engineer. You could complete a university degree or college course, an apprenticeship, or apply to an employer directly.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a tunnelling section engineer you will usually require a degree in a relevant subject, such as:
You’ll usually need 2 - 3 A levels or equivalent.
You could study a college course to help you become a tunnelling section engineer. Relevant courses include:
You'll usually need 1 - 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a HNC or HND.
You could complete a civil engineering degree apprenticeship and then specialise to become a tunnelling section engineer.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have previous experience in an engineering role, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a tunnelling section engineer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced tunnelling section engineer and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a tunnelling section engineer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a tunnelling section engineer include:
As a tunnelling section engineer, you will be responsible for the design, planning and programming of tunnelling projects.
The job role of a tunnelling section engineer may involve the following duties:
The expected salary for a tunnelling section engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a tunnelling section engineer, you could transfer your skills to a similar role such as a civil engineer or structural engineer.
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