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Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on a building site.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Self-employed plant operators set their own pay rates.
There are no formal entry requirements to train as a construction plant operator but some employers ask for GCSEs or Standard Grades/National 4/5s in maths, English and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications.
Construction companies and construction agencies often want people with some onsite experience. If you have not worked in construction before, think about working as a general construction operative to start with. Your boss may then train you as a plant operator.
An apprenticeship is a good way into this construction career. As an apprentice, you study towards SVQ/NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations, which covers how to operate the machine along with training in safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice, your roles and responsibilities, maintenance and inspection and protective equipment.
Explore the progression opportunities below