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Tunnel Ventilation Specialist

  • Job reference: IF-002884
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Epsom

We have opportunities for dynamic and motivated Tunnel Ventilation Specialists for our Epsom office. Candidates should have extensive experience in tunnel ventilation and/or tunnel fire and life safety analysis and design gained on road, rail and/or metro projects.

Atkins has an impressive current portfolio of road, rail & metro tunnelling projects both in the UK and overseas. In the Middle East, Atkins has delivered major design commissions for, amongst others, the Dubai Metro, Qatar LRT and Jeddah Airport transit tunnels; and is currently working on major metro projects in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In the United States we are developing an increased presence and are engaged in significant tunnel projects including the I70 Denver Road Tunnel. In the UK, the Tunnel Ventilation team continues to support LUL in its tunnel ventilation analysis for the upgrade of the underground network; has recently delivered a Scheme Design for the major refurbishment of the Heathrow Road Tunnels and continues to deliver design and tender design services for major UK projects including HS2, Crossrail, Northern Line Extension and underground station upgrade works. In northern Europe, Atkins is expanding and developing opportunities on tunnel projects together with its offices in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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. Successful candidates will be rewarded with a competitive benefits package and a tailored career path that takes advantage of an established internal network of technical excellence in delivering tunnel projects.

The tunnel ventilation team offers access to the latest 1D and 3D modelling software in the tunnel ventilation environment with significant investment being made in training and tools to maximize staff learning and expertise.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process.


  • Good academic background with a science, mathematics or engineering bachelors or masters degree
  • Extensive experience of tunnel ventilation, fire and life-safety design, gained in road, rail and/or metro tunnelling schemes. Candidates with experience in related industries such as in building services, with an aptitude for and interest in the numerical analysis and modelling aspects are also encouraged to apply. 
  • Proven numeracy skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills (clear, concise report writing will be expected)
  • High motivation to succeed, and to progress and develop their chosen careers
  • A personality compatible with a high degree of collaborative and team work
  • A willingness to travel on short assignments both within the UK and overseas

The learning and development experience in our tunnel ventilation team is different to that at most other companies. Here we thoroughly recognise the importance of our people and we invest for the long term to provide them with the technical, commercial and managerial expertise they need throughout their career. At Atkins our staff continue to learn and develop irrespective of position or experience.

Our investment includes our acclaimed technical conferences, regular presentations and discussion groups, field trips, bespoke training courses as well as active on the job mentoring. We also have our Ground Engineering Academy to provide structured support and encouragement to staff in their progression to chartership. Fulfilling learning and development experiences include the opportunity for international assignments in a variety of countries.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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.

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.

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