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Construction Plant Fitter

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€13k > 22 
Construction Plant Fitter
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 22 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified: 22+

Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 23 - 36

The Construction Industry is governed by a Registered Employment Agreement (REA). The REA is a nationally negotiated deal which sets legally binding minimum rates of pay and conditions. All building workers are entitled to these benefits. It is unlawful to be paid less.

Rates for the Construction Industry

CRAFTSMEN:
at 01-Jan-08 €18.60
at 04-Feb-11 €17.21

CONSTRUCTION OPERATIVES (% of craft rate)
Grade A (Technical Operative) 97% €18.04 €16.69
Grade B (Skilled Operative) 91% €16.93 €15.66
Grade C (Semi-Skilled) 88% €16.37 €15.14
Grade D (Basic Operative) 80% €14.88 €13.77

Grade A:
Technical Operative Grade (97% of craft rate): this grade includes skilled operatives with four years’ experience and certification-such as banksmen, crane drivers, scaffolders, steel fixers. It also includes Heavy Plant Operatives.

Grade B:
Skilled Operatives (91% of craft rate): includes medium plant operatives, teleport drivers, pipe layers, basic ticket scaffolders and craft-persons attendants.

Grade C:
Semi-skilled Operative (88% of craft rate): construction operatives with a minimum of one year’s experience.

Grade D:
Basic Operative (80% of craft rate): construction operatives with less than one year’s experience who are capable of carrying out basic general labouring requirements, including occasional operation of small plant items.

Data Source(s):
SOLAS / REA

Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Service and maintains all the equipment and machinery used on construction plants.


The Work header image

A construction plant fitter's work can be very varied. For example, one day they could be working on an excavator and the next on a crane.  
Ideally, each machine should have a preventive maintenance schedule. After a specified length of time, for example monthly or quarterly, the plant fitter should execute a series of checks, inspecting for wear and damage, replacing parts known to have a limited life or which are found to be damaged and renewing oil levels.  
 
Breakdowns normally take priority over maintenance. If a machine breaks down while it is in use, the plant fitter talks with the operator, identifies the fault and diagnoses what may have caused it. The fitter repairs the faulty part or replaces it with a new one. The machine is re-assembled and checked to make sure it is running safely again.  
 
Fitters handle mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and electronic aspects of the machines. They use a wide range of hand and power tools and measuring devices, and refer to technical drawings and manuals.  
 
They record work they have done, and time spent, on daily log sheets. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Learn and follow safety regulations.

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Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.

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Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.

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Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.

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Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.

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Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.

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Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.

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Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.

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Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.

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Drive and maneuver equipment equipped with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a plant fitter, you need to be physically fit and active, and have stamina and nimble fingers. You must be able to cope with lifting, bending and stretching. Good eye-to-hand co-ordination is important in fitting and adjusting.  
 
You should be logical and patient in tracing faults and methodical in organising tasks, especially when taking apart and re-assembling machines. The ability to work at heights is important for some tasks.  
 
Teamwork is an essential part of working in construction because each person relies on another person to carry out his or her particular task, safely and efficiently.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: Click here
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