Wanted: TBM operator trainees
The search is on for drivers to operate the massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will dig the Metro Tunnel.
Six trainee drivers will be hired – all from Victoria – with the recruitment process to begin this month and successful candidates to start training in May.
The trainees will take part in a world-class accelerated training program led by tunnels and stations contractor CYP Design and Construction’s experienced TBM operators, tunnellers and engineers, who have worked on some of the biggest infrastructure projects around the world.
Training will include a cutting edge TBM simulator that provides a computer-generated replica of the control panel inside a TBM, and recreates the geologies and operating conditions underground.
The first two TBMs will be launched from the North Melbourne site mid-this year to dig the twin nine-kilometre tunnels that will unclog the heart of the rail network and enable more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.
The successful TBM driver candidates will be required to have an appreciation of mechanics, knowledge of civil engineering and an understanding of geology.