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Tunnel Ventilation Engineer

  1. Cities & development
  2. Epsom
R-111949

What is this Job about?

Tunnels and underground structures form an increasingly important part of modern-day infrastructure. This infrastructure provides economic, societal, and environmental benefits through the facilitation of the efficient and rapid movement of people below-ground. This may be in mass transit systems, high-speed rail lines or in highway tunnels.

We are looking for bright and enthusiastic mechanical engineers (or other numerate discipline) to join our tunnel ventilation team to help us plan, design, and enable tunneling projects worldwide and ensure that our tunnels and underground structures are safe, comfortable and reliable.

As a tunnel ventilation engineer, you will design and analyse tunnel ventilation systems for both normal and emergency operations. You will also assess the related elements such as fire and life safety systems following client specifications and worldwide standards. You will work on a range of underground facilities and tunnels, including metro systems, railway stations, road tunnels, cable tunnels and more.

You will already have experience in some of these areas and be able to apply that experience to AtkinsRéalis projects as part of a small, dedicated and specialist team – such areas will include:

  • Planning, designing and installing ventilation systems for tunnel projects.
  • Working on a range of systems to ensure tunnels are safe.
  • Planning and overseeing commissioning, operation, refurbishment, and upgrade of tunnel infrastructure.
  • On-site inspection and performance testing of tunnel ventilation systems.
  • Applying fluid mechanics and thermodynamics for fire and ventilation modelling.
  • Implementing fire safety engineering, risk analysis and evacuation analysis.

What are we looking for?

  • We are looking for solid years of experience in engineer in road and rail tunnel ventilation design, fire and life-safety design, gained in road, rail and/or metro tunneling schemes.
  • Excellent technical skills and numeracy skills acquired during your academic background. Understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer and smoke behaviour principles in enclosed environments.
  • Advanced user of 1D design tools such as IDA for Road and SES for rail.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling and visualisation using programs such as FDS, Pyrosis and Smoke view or others.
  • Movement Modelling Analysis evacuation and crowd simulations using computational models such as Pathfinder.
  • Up to date knowledge of current legislation and standards applicable in tunnel ventilation design.
  • Demonstrating technical expertise, providing in depth knowledge whilst proactively coaching and developing graduate/early career professionals.

In addition to that, we expect:

  • High motivation to succeed, and to progress and develop your career.
  • Personality compatible with a high degree of collaborative and teamwork in multi-disciplinary and international projects.
  • Communication and writing skills which can produce clear and concise reports or presentations.
  • Willingness to travel on short assignments within the UK and overseas for dealing with challenging projects or participation in reputed conferences.

Introducing AtkinsRéalis:

AtkinsRéalis has an impressive current portfolio of road, rail & metro tunneling projects both in the UK and overseas. In the Middle and Far East, AtkinsRéalis has delivered major design commissions for, amongst others, the Doha Metro, Qatar road tunnels, Hong Kong Airport, Qatar LRT, Dubai Metro and Jeddah Airport transit tunnels; In the United States and Canada we are developing an increased presence and are engaged in significant tunnel projects including the I70 Denver Road Tunnel, Floyd Hill tunnel, various metro lines in Canada, as well as Nashville International Airport. In the UK, the Tunnel Ventilation team continues to support major projects including the Lower Thames Crossing, A303 Stonehenge, M25 tunnels and others. We have recently delivered a Scheme Design for the major refurbishment of the Heathrow Road Tunnels and continue to deliver services for major UK clients including HS2, London Underground, National Highways and Network Rail. In northern Europe, AtkinsRéalis is expanding and developing opportunities on tunnel projects together with its offices in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Currently, we are seeking to expand the current team of dedicated technical specialists to deliver these exciting commissions, exploit opportunities for growth and to extend our capability in underground technology further within the UK and worldwide through our global, connected practices.

Introducing the Team:

Our specialist Tunnel Ventilation team works across a range of engineering disciplines and applies advanced analysis techniques, combined with practical design, operational and site experience. We provide support to clients throughout the project life cycle, from the planning and feasibility stages through to commissioning, operation, refurbishment and upgrade of tunnel infrastructure. We are a close-knit specialist team, and we love what we do. We work hard to ensure an inclusive and mutually respectful environment which fosters collaboration and innovation. Our open mindset unlocks creativity and helps us to deliver better outcomes both for our clients and the users of the infrastructure we design. We love a challenge, and routinely explore new ways of delivering value.

When it comes to your life outside of work, the AtkinsRéalis Epsom campus provides a thriving environment for your social life as well as career development. We organise regular social activities within the team, and offer a wide range of sports and social opportunities within the wider AtkinsRéalis networks. And, thanks to our flexible and remote working policies, you will be able to strike an optimum work-life balance to ensure you get the most out of life.

What we offer?

AtkinsRéalis recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.  As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default AtkinsRéalis offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.

Rewards and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

New name, new era. We are AtkinsRéalis. It will take some time for all our information to update – you can still refer to our fantastic benefits via the link below:

YourReward at SNC-Lavalin​ (snclavalin.com).

Training:

AtkinsRéalis is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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