Shield Runner

Set up and operate equipment to advance steel framework within tunnel.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shield Runners do?

Sets up and operates equipment to advance steel framework within tunnel during construction: Turns handcrank to regulate hydraulic valves that advance jacks used to push forward tunnel shield that supports overlying ground during tunnel construction. Moves levers to regulate movement of steel arm attached to shield to lift metal segments of tunnel heading into position.


Should I be a Shield Runner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Erector Operator, Shaft Repairer, Shaft Tender

    How to become a Shield Runner

    Shield Runners generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Shield Runner-related education!
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