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