Graduate Tunnel Geologist

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As a Graduate Tunnel Geologist with Align, you will have a key role in delivering one of Britain's flagship engineering projects that includes a 16.04km twin-bore tunnel through the Chiltern Hills and a stunning viaduct over the Colne Valley. The scale, complexity and importance of this project make this a career opportunity like few others.

The Align opportunity

The construction of the Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct are two of the most eye-catching and challenging engineering projects on the HS2 route. Align is the joint venture created to achieve this task – we've created one integrated team of specialists from three partners with global reputations: Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine. By joining Align you can become an integral part of this landmark project – with the opportunity to develop your expertise as the project progresses and leave a legacy to be proud of for the rest of your career

Purpose of the job

To work as part of a team of Tunnel Geologists involved with the TBM and cross passage excavation.

Working under direct supervision, the Align Graduate Tunnel Geologist will be responsible for:

  • Working shifts (weekends and nights) as tunnel progress requires;
  • Assisting with preparing the detailed tunnel sections and ring by ring confinement parameters for the TBM pilot;
  • Preparing submissions for daily review meeting to analyse the monitoring data, TBM driving parameters, grouting pressures and data from the STP;
  • Calculating the TBM volume loss on a daily basis and providing advice if the volume loss exceeds the design limits;
  • If required, carrying out initial face inspections under compressed air to confirm if the ground is stable for subsequent interventions;
  • Probing and mapping of cross passages and ensuring the correct temporary support is installed according to the design;
  • Determining the grout pattern if necessary for each cross-passage excavation;
  • Collection of the geological and geotechnical data to assist with the with preparation of as-built conditions and determine and measure any variation of the ground conditions compared to the GBR;

Skills & Experience 

  • Degree in geology or geotechnical engineering;
  • Valid CSCS Card.

Apply now

We're ready to invest in you and your future, and offer wide-ranging, performance-related progression opportunities. Our competitive rewards packages feature flexible benefits to fit your lifestyle and priorities.

We'd love you to join us in proudly building Britain's future heritage

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

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