A career in plant machinery can be a promising career with many benefits, but choosing what to specialise in can be tough. So what is your ideal career path?
Why Choose a Career Working With Plant Machinery
There are so many different types of plant machinery which means that there are courses that we provide that will suit anyone thinking about getting into this industry. The industry has many different types of plant machinery such as:
- Scissor Lifts
- Loader Compressors
- Telescopic Handlers
With many more other types that we also provide. So why choose a career working in this industry?
Firstly, heavy construction plants have been shown to be the backbone of the construction industry and with the ever-increasing supply of jobs within the construction industry, there is surely going to be an increase within the construction plant industry. This indicates that the construction plant industry will be safe and secure for future job prospects. Furthermore, the average salary of construction plant workers is higher than the national average with some jobs earning £30,000 per year and many upwards of that figure. Finally, the job satisfaction gained from any role within construction is great, there are always immediate results visible within construction which can be motivating to you as the individual as the more work you put in, the more you get out of it.
Where to Start?
To get into the construction industry firstly you need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS ) which is a verification that you have the correct qualifications required to carry out the job on the building site that you are working on. You then should also have a Construction Plant Competence Scheme card (CPCS) or another type of plant competency card which proves the skills of a plant operator. See our article on CPCS cards for more information. Here at SB Skills, we provide the training for CPCS cards which can make it easier to move straight onto specialising in a specific field.
So What is Your Ideal Choice
There are many factors to consider when choosing what path to choose. Are you afraid of heights? Do you want to drive a lot or do you want to operate controls? Do you want to manage and supervise plant machinery? All are very important questions which will dictate which courses you should take in order to put you on the right path. The only way to know which industry is right for you is to research the roles and courses and try it!