Plant mechanics repair and maintain the giant machinery on building sites.
The Role
  • Inspecting all mechanical parts, spotting any defects, dismantling and repairing or replacing faulty components
  • Reassembling and testing components to ensure they’re working safely in line with manufacturer specifications
  • Checking new equipment before it’s used on site
  • Using customer and operator reports to diagnose and find faults
  • Undertaking routine inspections of engines, gearboxes, hydraulics, electrical systems, tyres and the plants’ frame
  • Keeping comprehensive records of the work they do
  • Working on building sites or in a workshop if they need specialist tools
  • Using a wide range of hand and power tools, including sockets, spanners, screwdrivers, drills, lifting gear, and welding and cutting equipment
  • Checking, testing and repairing machinery is also done with computerised fault-finding equipment
  • Newly trained Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience Plant Mechanics can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior Plant Mechanics can earn in excess of £40,000
  • Self-employed Plant Mechanics can set their own pay rates
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal qualification requirements to train as a plant mechanic, although it would help to have GCSE grades 9-4 (A-C) or Standard Grades in Maths and English. An apprenticeship is a common way into a career as a plant mechanic. Entry to an apprenticeship scheme can involve taking a selection test. As an apprentice you’ll study towards NVQ/SVQ Level 2 and 3. Even the most experienced plant mechanics attend specialist courses to keep up to date with technological advances in machinery. These are often run by machinery manufacturers.