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Construction Plant Mechanic

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At a Glance... header image

Performs repairs and maintenance on construction or building site machinery.


The Work header image

Construction plant operators prepare building sites by excavating, moving, placing and shaping soil or other materials. A variety of plant is used, including earth scrapers, dump trucks, motorised diggers, excavators, rough terrain forklifts and mobile or tower cranes. Some of the larger types of plant are only likely to be found on major building projects such as tunnels, bridges or new motorways. Most operators tend to specialise in one type of plant. It is important to note that each piece of equipment requires a different skill.  
 
Plant operators also carry out simple maintenance and servicing of plant equipment. They report major faults to specialist maintenance staff.  
 
Construction plant operators wear protective clothing, such as ear protectors, gloves, helmets and safety boots. 


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 construction plant operator you must be alert and safety conscious as you are operating powerful and dangerous plant equipment. For some duties you need a good head for heights and the ability to work well in a team. A practical approach and some mechanical skills are useful when servicing and maintaining equipment.  
 
Working on a building site can be physically demanding, involving lifting and carrying, so you need to be physically fit.  
 
You will need a full driving licence. Almost all of the work is outdoors.


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Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Realist     

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Building, Construction & Property
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing

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