- On site, Workshop, Hands-on, Problem solving,
- Salary Range: £15,000 - £25,000
- Nation: Scotland
Plant mechanics work on a construction site, or in a workshop, and repair vehicles that are needed during building projects. These include excavators, earth movers, forklifts, telescopic handlers and dumper trucks.
A plant mechanic looks after the machinery found on a
construction site, ensuring that everything is running properly and
making repairs where necessary. They are crucial to
construction projects as machinery that isn't working can hold up
jobs and lose companies thousands of pounds.
The work is done in either a workshop or on site, depending on
the requirements of the repairs, so plant mechanics have to be
constantly aware of health and safety issues.
A technical mind is essential and you should enjoy working with
machines. Good communication skills are also important as you will
be working with clients and operators.
You also need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able
to work alone without direct supervision.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have
Maths and English Standard Grades.
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£15,000 - £25,000
There are a wide range of opportunities for plant mechanics to
work on a construction site or workshop.
If you decide to progress into supervisory, design or management
roles there are opportunities to study for:
- Technical, supervisory and management SVQ qualifications
(SCQF Levels 8,9,11)
- HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND
qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
- Degree level qualifications in a number of construction
disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)
Find out more about
this role from an apprentice's point of view.