Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely.
As a plant mechanic, you’d conduct regular inspections on dumpers, excavators, cranes and more. You’d need a good understanding of how each machine works, and be able to repair them on-site or access replacement parts quickly.
Typical hours per week
42 - 44
Number employed in the UK
How to become a plant mechanic
You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a college course or an apprenticeship. You will also need to hold a full driving licence to work as a plant mechanic.
You may need Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) cards to work on a construction site.
College / training provider
You may need to go through a specialist college or training provider to gain the right qualifications.
You could study for a Level 2 Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, Level 2 Diploma in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance or Level 3 Diploma in Plant Maintenance.
You’ll need :
An apprenticeship with a construction firm or plant hire company is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. To become a qualified plant mechanic you will need a full driving licence and your employer may require you to be over a certain age (18 or 25) for insurance purposes.
As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in Civil Engineering : Plant Maintenance.
You’ll need :
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. Employers will always be pleased to see it listed on your CV.
You may have experience of driving plant machinery or knowledge of motor vehicle engineering.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a plant mechanic include :
What does a plant mechanic do?
As a plant mechanic you will be responsible for inspecting machinery and ensuring that they are safe for use by repairing or maintaining them, often using specialist equipment.
The job role of a plant mechanic involves the following duties :
What is it like?
How much could you earn as a plant mechanic?
The expected salary for a plant mechanic varies as you become more experienced.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.