Plant Mechanic (Level 3) at CITB-ConstructionSkills
Plant occupations involve understanding and using heavy machinery, both on site and in mechanical workshops. A good eye for safety is required, and plant operators need to be able to communicate well with the people theyre working with. Much of the equipment can be very complicated, but youll be taught all you need to know on the job.
As the name suggests, a plant mechanic looks after the machinery found on a construction site, including excavators, cranes, trucks, and more. They need to make sure everythings running properly, and be able to make repairs where necessary.
Plant mechanics are crucial to construction projects, as machinery that isnt working can hold up jobs and lose a company thousands of pounds.
A technical mind is essential, and you should enjoy working with machines. Work can be carried out either in a workshop or on site, depending on the specific requirements. Good communication skills are beneficial as you will be working with clients and operators.
The main way to embark on a career as a plant mechanic is through an apprenticeship. The average age to begin this is between 16 and 18, and usually requires 4 GCSEs (A-C) / Standard Grades (1-3), including Maths, Technology and Science.
You will need to do a GNVQ/SVQ in plant maintenance and when you begin training, you are likely to be given tests on technical and mechanical understanding.
Major companies offer 4-year apprenticeship schemes, which include supervised work experience and block or day-release to college.
ConstructionSkills offers a 2 or 3year integrated Plant Mechanics course where you will work towards NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.
Through a combination of observation, portfolio of evidence and exams for college element of course
For more info or to apply, please visit www.bconstructive.co.uk/apprenticeships
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact CITB-ConstructionSkills directly.