Elon Musk’s Boring Company ramps hiring as Vegas tunnel project gets serious
The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s high-speed tunnel system endeavor, is looking to expand its workforce as construction plans for a Las Vegas Convention Center Loop edge closer to becoming a reality.
Musk and Boring alike recently brought attention to the company’s job board, indicating that engineering, operations, and production positions are open for interested applicants to applydirectly. Civil engineers, construction managers, architects, and tunnel boring machine operators are just a few of the jobs needing to be filled. If selected for one of the positions, most new hires can expect extended hours, weekend work, and traveling requirements of up to 20%, according to the postings for Las Vegas openings. Tunnel mechanics, however, may travel up to 90% of the time, which may indicate Boring’s intention for some hires to be involved with several of the company’s ongoing projects aside from the Las Vegas loop.
“Come work with us in Las Vegas – lots of boring jobs available!” the tunneling startup’s Twitter account posted. Musk then retweeted the message to give it a bit more reach among his 27 million or so followers.
The board members of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LCVA) approved a $48.6 million contract with The Boring Company in May this year to build a transport tunnel under the the LCVA campus. The project will be comprised of two tunnels that are designed to transport passengers from the campus’ New Exhibit Hall to the existing North/Central Hall, and construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. Although the timetable is a bit aggressive, the tunnel lengths are under a mile, improving The Boring Company’s chances for an on-time completion.
Specifically, the Las Vegas transport tunnel will utilize a Loop System, which is comprised of autonomous electric vehicles (AEV) that can carry passengers from one point to another. The Boring Company has noted previously that standard AEVs are Tesla Model X and Model 3 vehicles, though high-occupancy AEVs are also under development. These versions will utilize a modified Model X chassis capable of transporting up to 16 passengers with both sitting and standing room.
If construction delays are avoided, test runs in the Loop System could begin as early as November 2020, according to the public contract between the two entities. Given the state of the LCVA project, it makes sense for The Boring Company to ramp up its hiring.