Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.
- Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.
- Operatives also use computers with construction management software to help keep the work running smoothly.
- Most tunnellers start out working in the pit bottom removing earth, rock and other waste materials before becoming qualified.
- Tunnelling operatives have to be able to work in a confined environment for long periods of time, as some tunnels are several kilometres long
- Preparing the site for tunnelling work
- Organising the delivery and storage of all the equipment
- Ensuring the correct materials are available for the team to start work
- Newly trained Tunnelling Operatives can earn in the region of £17,000- £20,000
- Trained with experience Tunnelling Operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £25,000
- Senior Tunnelling Operatives can earn in excess of £25,000
Qualifications & TrainingThere 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.