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TBM Shift Engineer

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Job Introduction

Skillset: Tunnelling / TBM / Engineering Management

Job location: Area Central (Northolt Tunnel East)

Accessible by public transport? Yes

Working hours: Shifts

Contract: Permanent

Flexible Working:

We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 


Shift Engineer for NTE TBM Tunnels.

Responsible for developing work plans, temporary work conception, managing and optimising the construction of TBM driven tunnels from installation to demobilisation. Responsible for ensuring health and safety is given the highest priority in the delivery of the works.

Role Responsibility

  • Project Documentation / Process

  • Production of Project Documentation such as Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), Material Conformance Reports (MCRs), Safe Systems of Work (SSWs) – particular focus on high-risk activities to ensure adequate risk mitigation.
  • Site preparation for TBM Assembly & Launch including planning and accepting of deliveries, survey mark out for work areas,
  • Carry out briefings such as Method Statements, Start of Shift, Safety Alert, etc. as and when required, and provide support to Sub-Agent and Supervisors alike to provide briefings, including ensuring compliance and acceptance of briefings by workforce.
  • Production and compilation of Temporary Works design briefs. If relevant to your works, coordinate including follow through to installation and sign off for use.
  • Contribute to the production, review and implementation of Inspection and Test Plans and associated task specific check sheets in line with project QA requirements. This includes being responsible for filling out check sheet correctly and on time for delivery to Sub-Agent / Site office.
  • Safety / Environmental / Community

  • Participate in weekly SHE inspections and manage raising of observations in the appropriate format.
  • Champion SCS and HS2 SHE initiatives, review of Weekly Briefings and communication of lessons from other project incidents.
  • Ensure Quality, Safety and Environmental non-conformances are reported to the Agent in a timely manner. If required, non-conformance reports should be raised and actioned accordingly.
  • TBM / Site Activities

  • Management and compliance with TBM related issues such as TBM guidance, ring selection, face pressure, among other activities to ensure TBM operating requirements are adhered to.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the Permit to Tunnel / daily RESS and ensure any actions, controls or findings are implemented and followed accordingly by operators and supervision.
  • On a rotational basis, the Shift Engineer and Control Room Engineer may be interchangeable as an initiative to broaden experience of Engineers, and allow rotation of work
  • Observation of ground conditions, monitoring and review of material on the TBM conveyor belt and noting any changes, significant or otherwise, and communicate to Sub-Agent and capture on shift report.
  • Assist the Sub-Agent in co-ordination of crane activities including TBM assembly, launch and disassembly in conjunction with SCS Lift Supervisors and Lifting Coordinators.
  • Be conversant with all drawings, specification and related information for the works under their control, asking for advice when unsure and speaking up when not complying.
  • Planning

  • Provide assistance as required to ensure site team produce an accurate site diary detailing resources used, activities undertaken, and problems encountered during the shift.
  • Preparation, review and completion of accurate and detailed Tunnel Shift Reports at the completion of current shift in order to provide a clear progress of works to the following shift.
  • Reading of programme and feedback and reporting of progress, providing accurate narrative on any delays, problems or delays encountered and identification of any opportunities for improvement.
  • Commercial

  • Contribute to weekly material reconciliations, monitoring through completing regular site stock takes and support Sub-Agent with any reporting on material stock take.
  • Assist in optimization of drive site layout and setup to maximize TBM efficiency of operation through a good understanding of TBM operation, mechanics, process and dynamic.
  • Understanding the scope of the works and identify change as it arises and acting accordingly.
  • Observation and communication with sub-contractors involved in the works. This includes an brief understanding of the contract scope, tracking of productivity against their programme, reporting, hours and resources of any additional works outside of contract works, impact of any delays both as a record of the subcontractor but also SCS programme.
  • Performance

  • Promoting the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement, driving innovation, adopting best practice, standardizing processes, and procedures.
  • Miscellaneous and ad-hock duties as required by the job and requested by the Sub-Agent. A willingness to take on and manage challenging tasks as part of non-tunnelling activities during site commissioning, TBM assembly, down-time, TBM and site decommissioning.
  • Maintain a proactive approach to problem solving in conjunction with the site team as required and reporting on solutions found.
  • Understanding requirement for working shift pattern as part of TBM activities.

    Health, Safety & Environment as an Individual

  • Ensuring health and safety is given the highest priority in the delivery of the works.
  • Be familiar with and demonstrate commitment to the requirements of the Health & Safety and Environmental Policies.
  • Ensure that the Health Safety and Environmental Policies and Procedures are effectively communicated to the workforce and implemented.
  • Work collaboratively with the HS2 team and other contractors, subcontractors works packages to achieve the overall project goals.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Engineering Degree/Higher National Certificate (HNC) or similar in a construction discipline.
  • Substantial experience with onsite experience within the Civil Construction Industry.
  • Relevant CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card.
  • Willingness to deliver presentation of records and completion of documentation.
  • Good understanding of quality, safety, and environmental methodologies.


  • Engineering Degree/Higher National Certificate (HNC) or similar in Tunnelling, Mining, Geotechnical Engineering
  • IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) or SSSTS (Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme).
  • Temporary Works understanding and appreciation.
  • Substantial experience in TBM driven segmentally lined tunnels.
  • Application of survey control and TBM guidance techniques/systems.
  • Experience in planning and programming multi discipline works, particularly within the tunnelling industry
  • Good track record in cost control and opportunity identification
  • Demonstrable record in SHE/quality risk assessment and risk mitigation

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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