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Principal mechanical engineer (tunnel ventilation)

Job Profile

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Working alongside other senior tunnel ventilation engineers, the role will involve:
  • developing ventilation strategies for tunnels and sub-surface metro systems;
  • planning and leading simulation studies (we use both our own in-house 1D tunnel ventilation software and SES, plus CFX and FDS computational fluid dynamics software);
  • planning and supervising engineering design work, from concept to detailed design stages;
  • planning and supervising site-based work, such as airflow measurement exercises, periodic inspections and testing & commissioning activities;
  • ensuring that work is delivered to programme and budget;
  • providing coaching and advice to junior staff, for example by demonstrating key engineering calculations;
  • undertaking formal peer reviews of project work;
  • liaising with project stakeholders and providing expert advice;
  • developing relationships with key clients and supporting business development.
You will report to the Tunnel ventilation leader and be based in our Croydon office.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Candidate Specification

Essential academic, professional qualifications and experience of the candidate:

Mechanical engineering degree, plus substantial work experience in tunnel ventilation.


Essential competencies / skills:

You will be able to demonstrate strong hands-on experience of planning and leading tunnel ventilation projects for underground metro systems and for rail, road and utility tunnels, with the following specific competencies:

  • developing ventilation strategies for tunnels and sub-surface metro systems;
  • planning and leading simulation studies (using 1D tunnel ventilation software and 3D CFD software);
  • planning and leading engineering design work, from concept to detailed design stages;
  • planning and leading site-based work associated with tunnel ventilation systems.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Willingness to undertake short overseas trips (up to 1-2 weeks).

Desirable competencies / skills:

As a successful candidate you will be a Chartered mechanical engineer or equivalent.

Desirable competencies / skills:

Working knowledge of:

  • engineering design development within a BIM environment;
  • controls and power supplies for tunnel ventilation systems;
  • interface management in a multi-discipline design environment;
  • installation, testing and commissioning of tunnel ventilation systems.
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