Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on a building site.
- Newly trained plant operators can earn in the region of £10,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience plant operators can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30.000
- Senior plant operators can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Self-employed plant operators set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
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 on-site 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.