How to Enter
The primary way of becoming a Tunnelling Engineer in New Zealand is to either complete a Bachelor of Engineering and specialise in Civil Engineering, or a Bachelor of Engineering Technology and specialise in Civil Engineering – Roading & Transportation. Having previous industry experience will also be greatly beneficial if you plan to plan to apply for more senior-level roles.
The typical responsibilities of a Tunnelling Engineer can include the following:
Planning the construction of tunnels, including which methods to use
Operating and overseeing the use of tunnel boring machines and controlled demolitions
Designing, installing and testing tunnel ventilation systems
Ensuring tunnel construction projects meet deadlines and stay within budgets
Ensuring all work completed is to regulatory and Health & Safety standards
Carrying out site inspectors and audits
Liaising with construction management and other building professionals
Training and managing other onsite staff
Many Tunnelling Engineers decide to take their careers further towards Transportation or Civil Engineering. In any case, possessing experience and qualifications in Civil Engineering can open up many doors, such as OHE Engineering or Planning and Resource Management, to name a few.
45K – 75K per annum (NZD)