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. Site Manager

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Construction/Project Management

    Fit Out Site Manager

    My client is a well know Contractor based in Glasgow City looking for a experienced site mnager with fit out expeience to work in there small works division looking after contracts up to 4Million. My client focuses a lot on fit out and refurbishments of commercial ...

  2. Project Manager

    Location: Scotland

    Salary: £40000 to £50000 p/a

    Category: Construction/Project Management

    A Project Manager is required to oversee an interesting array of construction projects within the food manufacturing industry. Our ideal candidate would have experience managing multi-contract projects.  This would be an ideal role for an experienced Project Manager who wants a change from main contracting and who enjoys the challenges ...

  3. Junior Project Manager

    Location: Scotland

    Salary: £30000 to £30000 p/a

    Category: Construction/Project Management

    A Junior Project Manager is required to oversee an interesting array of construction projects within the food manufacturing industry across my Clients Scottish and UK Facilities.This will give you exposure to managing multi-contract projects on a variety of sites. This role will involve a good deal of travel between ...

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    Location: Lanarkshire South

    Salary: £30000 to £60000 p/a

    Category: Skilled Operator

    I’m currently looking for CNC Machinists for a new Client based in South Lanarkshire.This is the final stage of a £1M investment in new machinery over the last two years. The Client uses modern equipment, tooling and processes to manufacture parts solely for the oil and gas industry ...

  5. Forklift/Counterbalance (Glasgow)

    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Skilled Operator

    We are currently recruiting for a highly skilled counterbalance or reach forklift driver based in Glasgow.
    The main responsibilities involve:

    Picking orders using Counterbalance or Reach Forklift Trucks
    Transporting goods (on pallets) around there warehouse
    Stock replenishment
    Using scanners to pick and check items
    General ad hoc warehouse duties as ...

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