TBM Operator - Microtunnelling

  • North East
  • South East


Joseph Gallagher is the leading UK based Civil Engineering & Tunnelling sub-contractor, growing significantly in the last 37 years into an international business. We have an award-winning reputation, industry leading safety culture and have had the privilege to be a part of some of the most critical infrastructure projects taking place today.

We are currently recruiting for Microtunnelling Operators to join our teams undertaking work in London and around the country.

As the TBM Operator, you will be required to:

Oversee a successful TBM drive, through the correct planning and effective management of change. The role requires experience of assembling, maintaining and operating complex tunnel boring systems. Ensuring the tunnel is delivered to the correct quality and specification and without any safety issues. 

On a day to day basis you will be:

  • Checking plans and drawings for works being carried out.
  • Reviewing site surveys & documentation. 
  • Mobilising Systems to the required functional and safe layouts
  • Setting out detailed works as per the contract drawings, ensuring checks are carried out on a regular basis
  • Using detailed knowledge of both Herrenknecht and Iseki tunnel boring machines to ensure machines are correctly assembled and set up on site, as well as disassembled at the end of projects.
  • Carrying out relevant inspections of the TBM equipment to ensure it remains at the optimal standard to ensure quality of the drive and safety of the team.
  • Monitoring the line and grade of the tunnel to ensure alignment remains within tolerances described in project plans and specifications
  • Maintain accurate records of jacking operations as per company forms
  • Participate in operations meetings, and proving input into daily reports Maintain optimum levels of safety, ensuring our LIFE culture is upheld at all stages of the works. 
  • Monitoring of the excavation material and the slurry and lubrication systems
  • Providing engineering support to ensure any technical problems are overcome
  • Ensuring that quality control requirements are monitored, met, and recorded in accordance with Client specification

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Solid experience working on Civil Engineering Projects including major tunnelling projects.  
  • Proven specialised experience operating Herrenknecht or Iseki microtunnel boring systems with experience of working in variable ground conditions.
  • Detailed working mechanical knowledge of both Herrenknecht and Iseki machines including site assembly, maintenance and disassembly
  • A sound knowledge of construction methods, Health & Safety and legal regulations in relation to the civil engineering industry
  • High level of technical expertise; demonstrated through problem solving, applying professional judgment, and competent performance
  • Proven troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to liaise effectively with site-based team and Clients
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Flexibility to work a variety of shift patterns
  • Flexibility to work across various locations in the UK.




Birmingham , London, North West, North East and South East

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