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Salary Range
€18k - €36k
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In Brief...

Performs repairs and maintenance on construction or building site machinery.

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

In Summary - Construction Plant Mechanic

Career Sectors

Construction Plant Mechanics typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Manufacturing
Engineering & Manufacturing

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The Work - Construction Plant Mechanic

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.

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 Mechanic

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Realist

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.

Qualities

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.

Entry Requirements - Construction Plant Mechanic

Pay & Salary - Construction Plant Mechanic

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €36k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* 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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