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.
On this Level 2 course, you will learn how to operate a variety of equipment including excavators, forklifts, dumpers and road rollers.
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You would like to operate plant vehicles on construction sites and want to gain your CPCS Plant Operators Licence.
GCSEs in English and maths at grade 2 or above and the Level 1 qualification. CSCS HSE Test completed within the last year
You will learn how to operate a variety of equipment including excavators, forklifts, dumpers and road rollers and you could gain a CITB CPCS ticket for one of the items you train on.
You will be assessed through a series of practical activities such as:
- Preparing and using a forward tipping dumper
- Preparing ground and using an excavator to move earth
- Compacting ground using a ride on roller
- Operating telehandlers to load lorries
You will also get the chance to visit various construction projects or quarries to see even larger equipment in action.
To get the chance to visit various construction projects or quarries to see even larger equipment in action.
Training with our new fleet of machinery, complete with the latest systems and GPS technology.
With experience, you could move into construction management, site supervision, estimating, lift planning and supervision.
You could become a plant or crane supervisor, or a plant coordinator selecting the machinery needed for each new job and assessing new equipment.
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.”
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