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Tunnelling Ventilation Engineer

Tunnelling ventilation engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunnelling projects.

The role

  • Tunnelling Ventilation Engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunnelling projects
  • Tunnelling Ventilation Engineers work on a range of systems to ensure tunnels are safe and fit for purpose
  • 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
  • Applying fluid mechanics, including Computational Fluid Dynamics for fire and ventilation modelling
  • Applying thermodynamics
  • Implementing fire safety engineering
  • Carrying out risk analysis
  • 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

Qualifications and training

Entry requirements mean tunnelling ventilation engineers typically hold a degree-level qualification in Mechanical Engineering or a similar numerate discipline. A 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.


  • Newly trained tunnelling ventilation engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 to £30,000
  • Trained with experience, tunnelling ventilation engineers can earn in the region of £30,000 to £35,000
  • Senior or chartered engineers can earn in the region of £35,000 to £45,000 or higher

Salaries typically range depending on location, level of responsibility and chartered status.




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