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
Salary
  • 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
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.