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Plant managers are responsible for all of the heavy machinery used on a construction site. They are responsible for creating reports and keeping records documenting all operations on the site.
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There are several routes to becoming a plant manager. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or apply to an employer directly if you have some experience.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To help you on your journey to becoming a plant manager you could complete an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as:
You’ll usually need 2 - 3 A levels or equivalent.
You could complete a training course through a local college to help you gain the skills needed to become a plant manager. Relevant subjects could include:
You could complete an apprenticeship to become a plant operator or plant mechanic, and then progress to become a plant manager as you gain more experience.
You might need GCSEs (including English and maths) or equivalent, to do an apprenticeship, but not all employers ask for formal qualifications.
For intermediate or advanced apprenticeships, you may need up to 5 GCSEs, (including English and maths) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll 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.
If you have extensive experience as a plant operator and good knowledge of the industry, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a plant manager. You might start out as an assistant to an experienced plant manager and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a plant manager. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a plant manager include:
The expected salary for a plant manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a plant manager, you could progress to become a senior manager and earn a higher salary.
Alternatively, with the correct skills and qualifications, you could move into a role as a site or facilities manager.
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