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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

Chanel Littleton

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

Qualifications and training

There are no formal qualification requirements to train as a plant mechanic, although it would help to have GCSE grades 9-4 (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.

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.


  • Newly trained Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior Plant Mechanics can earn in excess of £40,000
  • Self-employed Plant Mechanics can set their own pay rates

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




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