Plant Operator Jobs

Plant Operator jobs invole the use of heavy machinery on construction sites, at roadworks, in quarries and in mechanical workshops. Plant Operators not only operate and maintain earth-moving and construction equipment, but drive it as well.  Working on construction sites, they can move hundreds of tons of earth in a day or shift extremely heavy loads. In addition to the proper working of the equipment, a Plant Operator may also be responsible for the safety of those working around them.

Duties of a Plant Operator

The machinery utilised in Plant Operator jobs on construction sites includes excavators, bulldozers and dumper trucks for digging and moving soil and rock. Plant Operators may use static tower cranes for lifting building materials or mobile cranes which travel on roads to the site where they are required.

They may also use cranes on rails, working in factories and shipyards, and lorry-mounted loaders.

Within this profession you can expect a salary of £15,000 to £40,000 per year depending on experience.

Although the average working week is 37 hours, work on building sites can be seasonal.  The work of Plant Operators is mainly carried out in a driver's cab, sometimes at heights. Conditions can be hot, dusty, noisy or muddy. A full driving licence is often essential for this role.

Plant Operators should have a practical aptitude for machinery, have stamina, agility and be able to work at heights, have a steady hand and good eyesight.

CITB-ConstructionSkills provides plant operator training which must be done through an employer. Training is mainly provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. Plant Operator jobs in the construction industry will also have to register for the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

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  1. Joiner

    Location: Ayrshire

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Staffinders require 6 x Joiners for work in Largs and surrounding areas.
    Must have CSCS Cards, Previous site experience & checkable references.
    Immediate start available
    6 month contract
    Finishing work
    Roughing work
    Kit erectors 
    This vacancy is being advertised on behalf of Stafffinders which is operating as an employment business

  2. CNC Turner

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: £13.00 p/h

    Category: Skilled Operator

    Staffinders are looking or a CNC Turner on a temporary contract - length to be determined. 
    Our client is an established  manufacturer with a small machine shop, manufacturing parts for pressure safety & reducing valves on various manual lathes.
    We are looking for a skilled manual machinist/turner with experience machining parts ...

  3. Ground Worker

    Location: Glasgow Area

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Civil Engineer

    Stafffinders are recruiting on behalf of our client a well-established Civil Engineering and Building Contractor based in Scotland
    We are looking for Ground workers for ongoing projects in the Glasgow area.
    All candidates must have:
    CSCS card
    IPAF, Harness.
    Duties will include General labouring and Concrete Repairs
    This vacancy is ...

  4. Joiner

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £18.00 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders are looking for a number of Joiners for works in the Edinburgh area.
    Due to the scope of work we are looking for joiners capable of finishings, ceiling and partitioning works on a mixture of commercial developments for our client. 
    Must have previous experience, Valid CSCS Card, Own Tools ...

  5. Tilers

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £18.50 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders Edinburgh are looking for experienced Tilers for work in Edinburgh city centre.
    Immediate start is available on a commercial fit out laying 1200x600 and 600/600 tiles, cutter is available on site, must hold a valid Blue CSCS Card.
    Pay is £18.50 umb,cis or ltd.
    We are ...

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