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Tunnelling Engineer

  • Job reference: 934288
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Civil, Construction & Infrastructure
  • Date posted: 26/02/2021

Position Title - Tunnelling Engineer

Office Location UK - Birmingham

Job Summary

Based in our Client's Birmingham office, they have a dedicated tunnelling team working on some of the most challenging tunnelling projects across both the UK and abroad. The current and recent portfolio of projects are wide ranging, including Rail, Road, Water, & Nuclear.

The Client are actively looking to expand their core tunnelling business with the appointment of an Engineer with a civil/structural bias within the tunnelling team, which will offer the opportunity to work on some of the largest and most challenging tunnelling projects in a supportive team environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with our a core team in Birmingham, whilst also playing an active role in expanding the business within the UK and overseas. This is a challenging role involving the technical delivery of complex tunnelling projects. The role will require a range of skills including technical excellence, excellent aural and written communication, innovative approaches to problem solving.


* Work within a wide range of sectors offering a challenging and varied workload, including: Water transfer tunnels; Highway tunnels; High Speed, Standard & light rail; Mining; Airport infrastructure; Onshore & offshore tunnels; Power tunnels

* Apply civil, structural and geotechnical knowledge gained throughout your degree

* Undertake feasibility studies & optioneering, through preliminary and detailed design; in particular the importance of understanding how designs can be constructed safely

* Complete and be mentored in tunnel, shaft and cavern designs in hard & soft ground using a variety of construction methods

* Identify and resolve complex engineering problems using finite element software backed up by solid empirical methods

* Be required, in time, to lead small projects or elements of larger projects and provide support and advice to other members of the team

* Identify opportunities to expand the existing business through client managers to build a broad and influential network through effective communication.

* Performs specific and limited portions of a broader assignment of an experienced engineer.

* Gathers and correlates basic engineering data using established and well-defined procedures.

* Works on detailed or routine engineering assignments involving calculations and relatively simple tests.

* Proposes approach to solve new problems encountered.

* Identifies discrepancies in results.

* Provides guidance to entry level engineers.

* Performs work in accordance with agreed upon budget and schedule with moderate supervision.

Minimum Requirements

* Demonstrable interest in tunnelling projects and promoting the tunnelling activities

* Capability to satisfy client and business expectations and be able to consider the wider financial and commercial implications of their actions

* Communicate effectively to internal and external clients

* Structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole

* Ability to work independently without losing initiative & focus

Preferred Qualifications

* Degree in Civil or Civil & Structural Engineering or Engineering Geology

* Willing and able to work towards a professional qualification (ICE, IStructE)

* MSc/MEng in Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical/Tunnelling Engineering would be an advantage

* Any existing construction experience achieved through the degree/work placements would also prove advantageous.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.