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Underground Tunnel Supervisor

Date: Jul 4, 2019

Location: Vancouver, BC, CA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 21312 

Job Category: Construction 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.



This role supports the Construction Manager (CM) to ensure on behalf of the EPCM that the works comply with the Contract requirements. The Underground Tunnel Supervisor will be responsible for;

  • Observing workmanship
  • Identifying quality control/assurance issues
  • Observing and undertaking tests and inspections and
  • Record and report defects
  • Ensuring the Works are undertaken safely in compliance with Company and Regulatory requirements.
  • Record and track schedule and cost progress

The Underground Tunnel Supervisor must be sufficiently experienced in construction of major underground work packages including;

  • Rehabilitation and refurbishment of existing tunnels
  • Installation of rock support in both bored and drill and blast Tunnels including
    • Sprayed concrete Lining
    • Rock reinforcement
    • Void Grouting
  • Drill and Blast Tunneling
  • Installation of steel penstock, cast in place concrete lining and consolidation and curtain grouting
  • Cast in place concrete structures and hydromechanical equipment.
  • Steel structures


Key responsibilities:

  • Assist the Construction Manager for construction works contracts
  • Contribute to the management of safety on site including the safety of the site work force, safety of the permanent works, and the safety of property
  • Assist in the management and oversight of the main construction works contractor and monitor the technical requirements around the rehabilitation and final support of existing tunnels and adits and drill and blast excavation and support
  • Form a collaborative team with the other Supervisor staff
  • Perform duties in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation with the Client, the EPCM and the Contractor, and in accordance with the highest professional standards.
  • Become fully conversant with the provisions of the Contract to ensure that the works are constructed or installed in accordance with the Contract.
  • Assist the Supervisor team providing input to any Surveillance, Observations and daily and weekly reporting
  • Monitoring the Contractor to ensure that proper processes are identified and implemented to achieve the required quality compliance
  • Undertake ITP Intervention points
  • Provide input into engineering solutions to resolve site based queries and coordinating resolution of issues
  • Reviewing and commenting on in conjunction with the Construction Manager and other review parties the ITPs / Material Approvals and Method Statements
  • Support the Supervisor team in the review and acceptance of the Contract rectification packages
  • Contribute to continuous improvement, best practice and lessons learned
  • Assist with defect reporting and notification of corrective measures
  • Advise management of potential problems, work interferences and schedule difficulties while assisting in resolving conflicts



Four (4) years of tunnel experience as outlined above, which should include:

  • A degree or equivalent construction experience
  • 5-8 years’ experience as a Superintendent/Supervisor with experience on tunneling projects
  • Knowledge of tunneling construction operations relating to field activities of engineering disciplines, construction technologies, and jobsite supervisory functions
  • Strong leadership skills, the ability to direct and supervise contractors, and fit into a team environment
  • Able to understand and effectively interpret all elements within technical specifications and drawings
  • An advanced knowledge of various construction disciplines, safety regulations, scheduling, cost control, quality control and engineering drawings
  • Can read and interpret survey inputs
  • The ability to manage, review & interpret data, specifications, drawings received from engineering, contractors, and vendors;
  • Effective leadership, communication, negotiation, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills for managing multiple tasks;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with contractors and Company’s representatives to resolve field problems in a timely manner
  • Able to run and manage multiple tunnel shift operations
  • The ability to quickly identify problem situations, evaluate alternative causes, produce workable solutions and assist lead a team to successful completion
  • Strong scheduling experience with a proven ability to develop, maintain and execute both long term and short-term schedules
  • Efficient report-writing, communication and managerial skills
  • Proficient PC skills including a working knowledge of MS office suite
  • Experience using tablets or other form of electronic data capturing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of underground safety and can demonstrate a HSEC focus in construction phase of project delivery.


We are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status. If you have any special needs requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation. 

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