Construction Plant Operator

Construction Plant Operators use heavy equipment to perform their duties. They use equipment to perform tasks such as demolish old and deteriorating roadways, smooth and level surfaces, excavate various ores and minerals as well as handle other projects for residential, commercial and government agencies.

Duties and tasks

  • Ensure work area safety
  • Monitor plant and project operations
  • Operate heavy equipment
  • Prepare plant and equipment for operation
  • Reading blueprints and sketches
  • Servicing plant equipment
  • Use proper attachments for the project

Skills required 

  • Ability to operate heavy equipment and machinery
  • Ability to read blueprints
  • Ability to work well and closely with others
  • Good communication skills
  • Impeccable math skills
  • Knowledge of construction procedures
  • Understanding of safety procedures

Working conditions

Construction Plant Operators must often perform under adverse conditions such as heat and cold. Many plants do not have climate controlled areas and of course, field sites are out in the elements. The job can be stressful as deadlines must be met, regardless of the weather.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Building 

Master Builders Australian 

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