Down TBM Foreman Mechanic

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Down TBM Foreman Mechanic

The TBM Foreman Mechanic is responsible for coordinating, managing and supervising all the mechanical activities on site, tunnel and surface in a mechanized tunnel jobsite. Installation Testing, Examination and Maintenance in a shift pattern.

The Align opportunity

The construction of the Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct are two of the most eye-catching and challenging engineering projects on the HS2 route. Align is the joint venture created to achieve this task – we’ve created one integrated team of specialists from three partners with global reputations: Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine.

By joining Align you can become an integral part of this landmark project – with the opportunity to develop your expertise as the project progresses and leave a legacy to be proud of for the rest of your career.

The C1 Package includes the following elements:

  • The iconic Colne Valley Viaduct which is a “structure of international significance”; 3+ km long and spanning the lakes of the Colne Valley (architectural images can be found online).
  • Chiltern Tunnels – 2 x 16km long tunnels through the Chiltern Hills
  • Western Valley Slopes (South Portal) – 2.5km of earthworks including the TBM launching portal and main compound in Maple Cross housing the TBM plant and equipment, main offices and tunnel/viaduct pre cast yards
  • 5 x Ventilation Shafts at Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Amersham, Little Missenden and Chesham. Shaft depth between 35m-65m with diaphragm walls up to 80m deep. Headhouses at each location.

The ALIGN TBM Foreman Mechanic will be responsible for: 

  • Active involvement in the erection of TBM’s on site under the management of the mechanical superintendent and the TBM manufacturer guidance.
  • Compliancy with the RAMs and involvement in its agreement.
  • Supervision of erection of all the TBM equipment on site.
  • In charge of the shift maintenance of all the mechanical items used in the TBM while is in operation & Maintenance
  • Responsible for ensuring an adequate supply of materials, tools and equipment to ensure minimisation of mechanical breakdowns supply down time and optimisation of production with the supervision and management from the mechanical superintendent.
  • Responsible for require necessary the spares and consumables for the effective operation and maintenance.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate records of work undertaken, spares and consumables used in respect of the mechanical items in the TBM.
  • Responsible to coordinate with mechanical superintendent in order to organize the erection, start up, maintenance operation in a dully way.

Skills & Experience

  • The role will require the post holder to have excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal and to be able to report at management level.
  • Previous experience in a similar position in a TBM jobsite.
  • Strong mechanical background.
  • Capacity of people management.
  • Mandatory CSCS Minimum Level 3.
  • Troubleshooting skills.
  • Hydraulics knowledge.
  • Familiar with heavy lifting equipment and operations.
  • Assembly and disassembly of TBM components.
  • Maintenance of mechanical equipment in TBM as: Pneumatic greases pumps; Pneumatic systems; Maintenance units for pneumatic systems.; Samson equipment, valves regulators, control unit, silencers; Manlock status, silences, locks, manometers, thermometers, valves, seals of the doorlocks, etc. ; Hydraulic in general, being able to crosscheck schematics and troubleshoot the system of the TBM; Water system, inlet water filter, check the status, conditions of bag filter, etc. ; Slurry pumps.


We’re ready to invest in you and your future, and offer wide-ranging, performance-related progression opportunities. Our competitive rewards packages feature flexible benefits to fit your lifestyle and priorities.

We’d love you to join us in proudly building Britain’s future heritage. Apply online now.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at ALIGN. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. As a Disability Confident employer, we commit to interviewing any candidate who disclose having a disability and meet the minimum requirements details in the job advert. If invited to interview, please inform us of any Reasonable adjustments you may need, in order to attend.

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