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Construction plant mechanic

Alternative titles for this job include Mobile plant fitter

Construction plant mechanics service and repair heavy plant machinery like diggers, dumper trucks and cranes.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become

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How to become a construction plant mechanic

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could start by taking a course that will teach the skills you'll need to find 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), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You can get into this job by doing a construction equipment maintenance mechanic intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply for jobs directly if you have experience or qualifications in large goods vehicle (LGV) mechanics or mechanical and electrical engineering maintenance.

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Further information

You'll find more on working with plant machinery from Go Construct.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • observation and recording skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Day-to-day you could:

  • service and repair plant equipment and machinery
  • inspect engines, gearboxes and hydraulics
  • dismantle machinery to locate problems
  • identify faults using computerised diagnostic tools
  • reassemble parts and machinery and test them
  • arrange for machinery to be moved to a repair workshop if required
  • use hand and power tools and other specialist equipment
  • keep work and safety records up to date

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be dirty, noisy, physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

You could also set up your own business or train apprentices.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Level 2 Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: DAVENTRY

IMI L3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Bridgwater

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