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Graduate Tunnelling Engineer

Job/scheme locations: 
Birmingham & Croydon
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital.

AECOM offer a comprehensive tunneling consultancy service to clients seeking cost effective, buildable state of the art tunnel projects.  The AECOM team has proven global design experience covering a wide range of tunnels in varying and challenging geological conditions.  Our collaborative team has successfully delivered sustainable projects in today’s congested cities. 

Our current portfolio of projects are wide ranging.  These include: High Speed Rail between Birmingham and the north of England; Heathrow Terminal 2; A303 Stonehenge Tunnel; Thames Tideway Sewer; Jeddah Storm Water Sewers; and, Hinkley Point C Power Station. 

An example project is HS2 Phase 2b Lot2, High Speed 2 Limited.  AECOM are currently providing design services to HS2 as part of the ACI joint venture, to support Hybrid Bill stage design for HS2 Phase 2b Lot 2.  This area covers the route between Birmingham and Sheffield.  The AECOM tunnelling team are contributing to route development and outline design by considering bored, mined and cut and cover tunnelling options for the railway.  Our scope of work includes review of alignment and construction options and sifting multiple options against engineering, environmental and engagement criteria.  The resulting designs are then developed to outline design level, allowing suitable plans, construction cost estimates and environmental statements to be prepared to support the hybrid bill submission to parliament.  Tunnelling engineers work as part of a large multidisciplinary and international team to deliver this high profile project.

Job Responsibilities 

Tunnelling engineering graduates at AECOM will work on a range of projects including:

  • Work within a wide range of sectors offering a challenging and varied workload, including: Water transfer tunnels; Highway tunnels; High Speed, Standard & light rail; Mining; Airport infrastructure; Onshore & offshore tunnels; Power tunnels
  • Application of civil, structural and geotechnical knowledge gained throughout your degree
  • Feasibility studies & optioneering, through preliminary and detailed design; in particular the importance of understanding how designs can be constructed safely
  • Tunnel, shaft and cavern designs in hard & soft ground using a variety of construction methods
  • Identifying and resolving complex engineering problems using finite element software backed up by solid empirical methods
  • In time you will be required to lead small projects or elements of larger projects and provide support and advice to other members of the team

Identifying opportunities to expand the existing business through client managers to build a broad and influential network through effective communication.


  • A degree in Civil or Civil & Structural Engineering with a 2:1 classification or above (or equivalent)
  • An MSc/MEng in Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical/Tunnelling Engineering would be an advantage
  • Any existing construction experience achieved through the degree would also prove advantageous
  • Willing and able to work towards a professional qualification (ICE or IStructE)
  • Demonstrable interest in tunnelling projects and promoting the tunnelling activities in the transport and utility sectors
  • Capability to satisfy client and business expectations and be able to consider the wider financial and commercial implications of their actions
  • Communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing
  • Structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Ability to work independently without losing initiative & focus


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future.  We have over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live & work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK & Ireland. We will push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support & guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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More about this vacancy

South East, West Midlands
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5