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Date:  Apr 3, 2024

Bowmanville, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Major Projects East

Position Title:  TBM Operator

Come Build Your Career at Aecon!

As a Canadian leader in infrastructure development, Aecon is safely and sustainably building what matters for future generations to thrive! We lead some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of our generation, at the forefront of transformational change in transportation and energy, and partnering every day to build, connect, power, and strengthen our communities.


At Aecon, you can count on:

  • Safety First. Our number one core value. If we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it at all.
  • Integrity. We lead by example, with humility and courage.
  • Accountability. We’re passionate about delivering on our commitments.
  • Inclusion. We provide equitable opportunities for everyone.


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. So, we invest in our people, just like they invest in us! 


At Aecon we:

  • Ensure you and your family receive the services needed to support your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
  • Believe in helping you build your career through our Aecon University and Leadership Programs.
  • Are committed to supporting and investing in inclusive work environments, through initiatives like Equity, Diversity & Inclusion training, our Aecon Women in Trades and Aecon Diversity in Trades programs, and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to ensure we are building inclusion into every aspect of our culture at Aecon.
  • Are a leader in sustainable construction. With a strong commitment to operating responsibly by minimizing our impact on the environment and surrounding communities.


Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our people. We’re always searching the globe for innovative, collaborative minds to join our best-in-class Aecon community!


Company operating name: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

Business legal name: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

Business address: 20 Carlson Court, Suite 105 Toronto, Ontario M9W 7K6  

Title of position: TBM Operator

NOC: NOC 73400 – Heavy Equipment Operators

Location of Work: Bowmanville, Ontario and across Canada  

Office Location: Work is located at 1 Holt Road South, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3Z8 and other offices in the Greater Toronto Area

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, permanent position

Employment Conditions: Day, Morning, Evening, Rotational Shift Work

Start Date: As soon as possible

Number of positions: 2

Travel Requirements: Travel will be required to Aecon’s sites throughout Canada

Language: Must speak, read, and write in English


Key Responsibilities

TBM Operator is responsible to maintain the line and grade of the tunnel while steering the TBM, as well as fully operate the Slurry Tunnel Boring Machine (STBM).


The duties of the TBM Operator include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain line and grade of the tunnel, possessing extensive knowledge of TBM tunneling guidance system and ring prediction program
  • Responsible for TBM operations in accordance with the manufacture’s guidelines
  • Maintenance of face pressure within the bulkhead and bubble
  • Ensure accuracy of specified thrust load for each ram or group of rams to avoid cracking of the segmental lining
  • Monitoring grease consumption for the bearing sealing system to seal against face pressure, hydrostatic and annular grout pressure
  • Responsible for monitoring the excavated material throughout the mining cycle to minimize the risk of over breaks
  • Ensure building tolerances are in compliance with applicable regulations specified in the contract
  • Implementation of the annular grouting procedure behind the secondary lining
  • Responsible for the operation of the slurry circuit
  • Assist mechanical team with assembly and disassembly of the TBM’s before the initial drive as well as cutting head and cutting tool inspection
  • Responsible for identifying and communicating any and all safety hazards
  • Overseeing and conducting TBM and SEM work to ensure compliance with all assignments, project policies and procedures;
  • Working with Foremen on productivity issues and monitoring work performance, working with the Foreman and crews to overcome challenges;
  • Assisting Foreman with translating drawings, specifications and work requirements into a prioritized work plan;
  • Contributing to the development of a construction plan;
  • Working with Superintendents to identify equipment and labour resource requirements;
  • Ensuring work completed meets quality standards and completion of HSE inspections and reports.
  • Document reporting of and maintaining in good repair all company owned and rented tools, equipment and assets;
  • Driving quality, efficiency, and productivity of work crews;
  • Promoting safety in all activities and engaging in safe work plan development, hazard assessments, FLRAs and mentorship with crew;
  • Providing guidance to team members by leading safety meetings and inspections;
  • Completing, inspecting, and tracking project specific forms as required;


To successfully carry out this role, the TBM Operator must have several years of experience operating slurry TBMs.


Required Knowledge and Skills


  • Secondary School or equivalent;
  • Practical training, classroom or simulation; and
  • Working knowledge of English.


Work experience

  • MOL’s required basic safety awareness training;
  • 2-3 years’ experience operating slurry TBMs.
  • 5 years’ experience operating TBMs.
  • 2-3 years’ experience overseeing and supporting tunnelling construction projects including but not limited to subways, water collector tunnels, airports and highways;
  • 2-3 years’ experience supervising multimillion-dollar tunnelling construction projects;  and
  • 2-3 years’ experience in tunnelling management.


Compensation and Benefits

  • $53 per hour. Shift workers will receive a shift premium in addition to their regular hourly rate. Employees/TBM Operators will be required to become members of Labourers International Union of North America, Local 183.  (Monthly Membership Dues are $35.00 and Working Dues are 3% of Gross earnings)
  • 37.5 hours/week and subject to overtime
  • Employees/Members of Local 183 receive Vacation & Statutory Holiday Pay, Health & Welfare Benefits, Pension etc. for a Total Wage Package of $76.55 per hour (not including Supervisor Premium)


Working Conditions and Environment

  • Primary work location at 1 Holt Road South, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3Z8 with work and travel required throughout Ontario
  • Project, training and business-related travel may be required.
  • Exposure to construction work site environment in all seasons
  • Relocation within Canada may be required. Relocation costs covered by employer


Contact Information and How to Apply:

Mail: Suite 105, 20 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 7K6

Telephone: 416-297-2600

Fax: 403-695-3090




Aecon is an equal opportunity employer.


Upon request, Aecon accommodates candidates with disabilities throughout the hiring process.


Aecon fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging within and across our organization. We welcome all to apply including, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


We are committed to adhering to the objectives and requirements outlined in the Accessible Canada Act (ACA), and to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, through the implementation of the requirements of the ACA and its applicable regulations. If you require accommodation under the ACA during any step of the application process please click here.

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