The TBM pilot/driver controls the TBM's path and direction, and is responsible for tunnel boring progress.
S/he continually monitors work in progress via the on-screen guidance system. The steering cabin allows the pilot/driver to adjust the machine and follow the intended layout.
The TBM pilot/driver works with a team of electricians, control engineers, hydraulics mechanics and surveyors and must be attentive to both other underground actors and those above ground.
S/he must be able to assess a number of mechanical and civil engineering parameters and take terrain geology into account.
The pilot/driver must know how to handle stress and identify TBM incidents and breakdowns. S/he is at the hub of TBM communication and must be able to receive information and transmit it accurately to the right actor. S/he must also be careful, thorough and vigilant; the success of the project depends on her/his gestures and decisions.
The salary depends on the operator's qualifications and professional experience in the job
The hours are usually regular, but may vary according to project planning and timeframe requirements
The TBM pilot/driver works on underground project sites