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Tunneling ventilation engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunneling 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 Ventilation Engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunnelling projects. The use of tunnels in construction helps to connect communities and locations whilst minimalizing the impact on the surface environment.

What they do

Whether providing high air quality or enabling cooling and smoke control requirements, a Tunnelling Ventilation Engineer works on a range of systems to ensure tunnels are safe and fit for purpose.

From engineering design for fans to aerodynamic analysis of station tunnel systems, engineers in a tunnel ventilation team require a range of expertise.

Work covers the planning and feasibility stages through to commissioning, operation, refurbishment and upgrade of tunnel infrastructure.

Tunnel engineering often necessitates lengthy periods of time in a confined environment, working underground.

Typical tasks include

  • Applying fluid mechanics, including Computational Fluid Dynamics for fire and ventilation modelling
  • Applying thermodynamics
  • Implementing fire safety engineering
  • Carrying out risk analysis

Hours & Salary

  • In a full-time position, Tunnelling Ventilation Engineers usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week
  • The role often involves shift work and there may be the opportunity for secondment overseas
  •  Newly trained tunnelling ventilation engineers can earn in the region of £26,000 to £31,000
  • Trained with experience, tunnelling ventilation 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 mean tunnelling ventilation engineers typically hold a degree-level qualification in Mechanical Engineering or a similar numerate discipline. An HND or HNC in a relevant industry qualification offers an alternative to university study.

Many employers offer structured professional development programmes, which provide support, training and practical industry experience.

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Career trends and forecasts

1190 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 1190 civil engineers (which includes tunnelling ventilation engineer) to meet demand every year between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Greater London followed equally by East of England, North West and Scotland.

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