Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify different types of plant and equipment and compare their attributes
  2. evaluate the suitability of different types of plant for similar processes and different scenarios
  3. analyse the time and cost implications for different types of plant.
  • Topics
    • Plant Issues
    • Equipment Economics
    • Plant Operation & Planning
    • Soil & Rock
    • Planning Earthwork Operations
    • Site Clearance & Preparation
    • Scraping & Grading
    • Excavation Part 1
    • Excavation Part 2
    • Hauling
    • Lifting and Loading
    • Ancillary Equipment
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in the area, eg from completing all Level 1 subjects or relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

An introduction to the different types and sizes of plant and equipment used in the construction of modern buildings. An examination of the different processes, capabilities and performance outputs of each type of plant and the technical, safety and economic factors that have to be considered when deciding which type of plant or equipment to select for a particular construction project.

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  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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