In Summary - Construction Plant Fitter
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The Work - Construction Plant Fitter
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Learn and follow safety regulations.
- Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
- Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
- Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
- Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
- Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
- Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.
- Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.
- Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- 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.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Interests - Construction Plant Fitter
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
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.
Entry Requirements - Construction Plant Fitter
The official entry route for a Construction Plant Fitter is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
Pay & Salary - Construction Plant Fitter
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 13k - 22k
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
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
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
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.
Skilled Operatives (91% of craft rate): includes medium plant operatives, teleport drivers, pipe layers, basic ticket scaffolders and craft-persons attendants.
Semi-skilled Operative (88% of craft rate): construction operatives with a minimum of one year’s experience.
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.
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.
Labour Market Updates - Construction Plant Fitter
Growth in employment (+11%) has been driven by commercial sector activity with employment growing strongly since 2014.
National Skills Bulletin 2018