Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.
- Newly trained Tunnelling Operatives can earn in the region of £14,472 - £20,880
- Trained with experience Tunnelling Operatives can earn in the region of £19,776 - £24,972
- Senior / Master Crafts Tunnelling Operatives can earn in the region of £25,000+
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility
Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications for becoming a tunnelling operative, but it helps to have GCSEs or Standard Grades in Maths and English or their equivalents such as BTEC, Welsh Baccalaureate, WJEC in Construction or Standard Grades/Scottish National 4 or 5s.
Employers may be more interested in whether you have on site experience as a labourer before moving you on to becoming qualified in tunnelling through an apprenticeship or college course.