The search is on for drivers to operate the massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will dig the Metro Tunnel.
Part of the State Government’s massive infrastructure program, the tunnel project includes the construction of two 9-kilometre rail tunnels between South Kensington and South Yarra, with five new underground stations.
Construction will require four enormous boring machines. The first is already in place,
ready to be assembled.
Six trainee drivers will be hired, with the recruitment process beginning this month and training to start in May.
“We’re recruiting Victorians to pilot these machines because we’re putting Victorian workers first,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.
The trainees will take part in a world-class accelerated training program led by tunnels and stations contractor CYP Design and Construction. The company’s experienced TBM operators, tunnellers and engineers 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 successful TBM driver candidates will be required to have an appreciation of mechanics, knowledge of civil engineering and an understanding of geology.
For details on how to apply, keep an eye on metrotunnel.vic.gov.au in the coming weeks.