Construction plant mechanic

Construction plant mechanics make sure that heavy plant machinery like diggers and dumper trucks is well maintained and working safely.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become a Construction plant mechanic

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could start by taking a course that will give you some of the skills needed for a trainee job after you finish. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma in Plant Maintenance

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You can get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in plant maintenance.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Further information

Go Construct has more details on how to become a plant mechanic.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months
  • take a colour vision test

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • servicing and repairing plant machinery
  • regularly inspecting engines, gearboxes and hydraulics
  • identifying faults and repairing or replacing faulty parts
  • reassembling parts and testing them
  • arranging for machinery to be moved to the repair workshop
  • carrying out routine servicing of plant and equipment
  • using hand and power tools and specialist equipment

Working environment

You could work on a construction site.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and spend nights away from home, noisy, physically demanding and at height.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to construction plant technician, technical service representative, site supervisor or site manager.

You could also set up your own business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Groundworker

  • Wage : £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Bishop Auckland DL14 0SH

Equipment Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Sidcup DA14 5DF

Courses In England


  • Provider: EXETER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 17 September 2019
  • Location: EXETER

Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework - Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

  • Start date: 01 January 2019
  • Location: Castleford

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