Plant Mechanic

Plant mechanic

Plant mechanics repair and maintain the giant machinery on building sites.


The Role

  • Inspecting all mechanical parts, spotting any defects, dismantling and repairing or replacing faulty components
  • Reassembling and testing components to ensure they’re working safely in line with manufacturer specifications
  • Checking new equipment before it’s used on site
  • Using customer and operator reports to diagnose and find faults
  • Undertaking routine inspections of engines, gearboxes, hydraulics, electrical systems, tyres and the plants’ frame
  • Keeping comprehensive records of the work they do
  • Working on building sites or in a workshop if they need specialist tools
  • Using a wide range of hand and power tools, including sockets, spanners, screwdrivers, drills, lifting gear, and welding and cutting equipment
  • Checking, testing and repairing machinery is also done with computerised fault-finding equipment

Salary

  • Trained with experience Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £30,000+
  • Self-employed Plant Mechanics can set their own pay rates

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.


Qualifications and Training

There are no formal qualification requirements to train as a plant mechanic, although it would help to have GCSE grades A-C or Standard Grades in Maths and English. 

An apprenticeship is a common way into a career as a plant mechanic. Entry to an apprenticeship scheme can involve taking a selection test. As an apprentice you’ll study towards NVQ/SVQ Level 2 and 3.

Plant mechanics working in more engineering-related environments can study the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board Level 3 NVQ in maintaining plant and systems (mechanical).

Even the most experienced plant mechanics attend specialist courses to keep up to date with technological advances in machinery. These are often run by machinery manufacturers.

 

A Day in the life of...

Chanel Littleton

Chanel Littleton is a plant mechanic with Clee Hill Plant Ltd.

Read moreabout Chanel Littleton

Vacancies

Check out the latest Plant Mechanic vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

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Find out more

For information on the Plant Mechanic role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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