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Construction plant mechanic

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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), 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 through an intermediate apprenticeship as a construction plant maintenance mechanic.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Career tips

You may have an advantage when looking for work if you have experience or qualifications in large goods vehicle mechanics or mechanical and electrical engineering maintenance.

Further information

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

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
  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

Day-to-day you could:

  • service and repair plant machinery
  • regularly inspect engines, gearboxes and hydraulics
  • identify faults and repair or replace faulty parts
  • reassemble parts and test them
  • arrange for machinery to be moved to the repair workshop
  • carry out routine servicing of plant and equipment
  • use hand and power tools and specialist equipment

Working environment

You could work on a construction site.

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

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a construction plant mechanic right now.

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Courses In England

IMI L2 Sub Dip Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology

  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bridgwater

Study Programme - Heavy Vehicle (HGV) Level 2

  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Castleford

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