Tunnelling operative (level 2)
Building the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
- Typical duration
- 12 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Construction and the built environment
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Apply general workplace health, safety and welfare requirements when undertaking tunnelling activities
- Work safely underground, follow safe tunnel entry systems and react appropriately in an emergency following the correct emergency escape procedures
- Interpret and work to specifications including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health [COSHH]assessments, construction information and briefings
- Plan and undertake work productively
- Communicate with others and follow organisational procedures to conform to productive work practices
- Supply information on the activities and progress of the work they are undertaking independently and as part of a team
- Comply with environmentally responsible work practices and contribute to sustainable practices in tunnelling operations
- Follow the technical requirements, at an operative level, associated with the different tunnelling processes and/or methods for one of the following; hand tunnelling, machine tunnelling (loco operator), pipejacking, sprayed concrete lining, shaft sinking and drill and blast, plan and use appropriate technologies associated with the different processes and/or methods
- Apply safe working techniques for moving and handling materials, resources and components by mechanically assisted or manual means
- Direct, guide and control the movement and operation of tunnelling plant, machinery and vehicles
- Off load and load vehicles used in the tunnelling environment
- Operate powered units, tools and pedestrian plant, machinery and equipment specific to tunnelling operations (e.g. pumps, generators, compressors, agitators, grouting equipment, segment-handling equipment)
- Work individually and as part of a team, to install and remove tunnelling plant, components, machinery and equipment
- Install and support the installation of back-up service systems for ventilation, pressurisation, communication, water supply, walkways and materials handling (rail, conveyor and piped)
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