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Tunneling section engineers plan and program works for a range of tunneling section projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £36,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Tunnelling Section Engineers plan and program works for a range of tunnelling section projects.

What they do

They engineer the construction of sprayed concrete chambers and form tunnels with the use of specialist tunnel boring machines, connecting communities and locations whilst minimalizing the impact on the surface environment.

They manage the technical aspects associated with tunnelling and prepare short term programmes for a section of works, ensuring the appropriate materials and resources are available.

Employment in this role may necessitate lengthy periods of time in a confined environment, working underground.

Hours & salary

  • In a full-time position, Tunnelling Section Engineers usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week
  • Shift work is common and you may need to work longer hours depending on deadlines and workload
  • Newly trained Tunnelling Section Engineers can earn in the region of £26,000 to £31,000.
  • Trained with experience, Tunnelling Section Engineers can earn in the region of £31,000 to £36,000.
  • Senior or chartered Engineers can earn in the region of £36,000 to £44,000 or higher
  • Salaries typically range depending on location, level of responsibility and chartered status

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Qualifications & Training

Entry requirements typically mean tunnelling section engineers hold a degree-level qualification in Engineering or a similar numerate discipline. An HND or HNC in a relevant industry qualification offers an alternative to university study.

Industry experience as a site or section engineer and a knowledge of systems and equipment are important. Similarly, a working knowledge of the Roads and Street Works Act is essential.  

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Career trends and forecasts

1190 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 1190 civil engineers every year between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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