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Plant manager

Plant managers are in charge of all the heavy machinery (plant) used on construction sites.

Average salary*




How to become a Plant manager

You must have a great deal of experience in plant (heavy construction machinery) and the following qualifications are useful to have: 

  • NVQ Level 4 Construction Contracting Operations
  • NVQ Level 5 Construction Senior Management
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management

What does a Plant manager do?

  • Creating and following budgets and preparing profit and loss projections
  • Creating reports and spreadsheets using computer software
  • Keeping records of all owned or rented machinery
  • Ensuring machinery is maintained and serviced
  • Managing all the official plant paperwork
  • Dealing with hire companies
  • Negotiating rental agreements
  • Working on projects all over the world, overseeing the important business of buying, hiring or transporting (often huge) pieces of equipment according to strict rules and regulations
  • Supervising and motivating staff. He or she is part of the project management team and also reports to head office
  • Seeing that all machinery is checked over in accordance with health and safety legislation
  • Mobilizing and demobilizing at the beginning and end of a project, managing the spare-part store, and recruiting and training employees


  • Newly trained Plant Managers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience Plant Managers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior Plant Managers can earn in the region of £40,000 - £50,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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