Almost all construction projects use machinery and every machine, large or small, needs highly skilled people to make sure it’s ready for safe use. Machine heads are just the people for the job.
Whether it’s a crane sitting 1,000 feet in the air or a 1,000 tonne machine tunnelling an underground railway, a machine heads fearlessness and focused attitude keeps the whole operation running smoothly.
People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed."
– Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth
Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely. As a plant mechanic, you’d conduct regular inspections on dumpers, excavators, cranes and more. You’d need a good understanding of how each machine works, and be able to repair them on-site or access replacement parts quickly.
Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on building sites. They can dramatically change landscapes or install impressive structures in a short time. Plant operators usually specialise in one type of equipment, such as an excavator or giant crane, and need good spatial awareness to move large scale machinery.