Plant operations is the broad term referring to the operation and driving of heavy plant equipment such as, excavators, dumpers, rollers and telescopic handlers to name a few. Groundworks is the specific job role of preparing the ground using some of these machines within a construction, civil engineering, roads, railways or landscaping project.
In order to work on a construction site you will need to gain your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) certification. On top of that you will gain tickets to prove you are skilled and experienced in operating and maintaining a wide range of specialist large plant machinery. To work in the industry you will need to achieve the Level 2 qualification.
This one-year introductory qualification is ideal for those wanting to progress onto the Level 2 course. You’ll learn how to operate and drive a wide range of plant machinery through practical instruction sessions with the specialist machinery and equipment we have on our campuses.
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You are 16 - 18 years old and interested in outdoor practical skills relating to construction groundworks.
GCSE English and maths at grade 2 or above, or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3.
You’ll learn a range of skills while gaining your CSCS including:
• Health and safety
• Operating plant machinery and completing basic operations
• How to safely transport materials
• Maintaining structures and surfaces
• Essential machinery maintenance
• Site safety
Practical training in plant operating skills on an approved CPCS test site. You will also need to supply or purchase your own PPE and contribute towards CSCS and CPCS test costs.
Training with our new fleet of machinery, complete with the latest systems and GPS technology.
The Level 2 qualification full-time or into an apprenticeship.
Careers in this industry
- Demolition operative
- Dumper operator
- Ride on roller operator
- Tractors operator
- Plant operator
Mobile plant technician
360 excavator operator
Chris Neve PROGRAMME MANAGER | PLANT OPS
Chris worked in site management for over 15 years and then taught construction elsewhere for another 12 years. Chris joined the plant operations team at Duchy College in 2017.
“Working with students from different backgrounds and ages can sometimes be a challenge, but it is one that I really enjoy. Seeing that smile on a student’s face, when they manage to
achieve something for the first time, is still the biggest buzz I can have as a teacher.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.