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Plant Mechanic

A career for a problem solver who enjoys working on large machinery.
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What's it like to be a Plant Mechanic?

Plant Mechanics (also known as Plant Fitters) work with industrial, agricultural, construction and mining equipment and machinery, carrying out inspections, repairs, and routine maintenance.

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Plant Mechanics use a range of tools to diagnose faults and test machinery in order to determine what repairs need to be made or what preventative measures are required. They may work as part of a team in various industries such as mining, construction, earthmoving and agriculture.

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How to become a Plant Mechanic


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To become a Plant Mechanic you usually need to complete an apprenticeship and be trade certified.

  1. Consider enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship course, such as the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516). When looking to start your apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer.
  2. While completing your apprenticeship, there are a number of formal training options to supplement your on-the-job training. The Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (AUR31212) has a particular focus on mobile plant technology, while the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (MEM30205) should provide you with employment outcomes in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors.
  3. You will be expected to up-skill as technology changes. Many employers and industry groups conduct informal training. Having a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the latest industry developments may provide you with competitive advantage in the industry.

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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

This qualification will prepare you for a role as an Engineering Tradesperson in the metal, engineering and manufacturing industries.

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Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology

This qualification provides the skills to perform servicing tasks in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

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Oct 2018
Looking for a challenge and variety in work, field service is definitely a step in that direction.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment, Plant/Earth Moving/Agriculture)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mining
The good things
The variety of work and equipment that you work on. Can range from a quick service of spinning filters to technical breakdown which really test your knowledge. Best way to learn. You have to think rel...
The challenges
The challenges are definitely time management and self organisation. These two will come with experience.
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May 2021
Being employed as a Plant Mechanic has always fed me!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Fleet Service
The good things
The Good Things. Doing a PlantMechanic’s Trade can be rewarding, there is always work available in various pay grades, usually room for training and personal growth. The work skills attained will make...
The challenges
A person will have to be physically fit due to the heavy demands on the body for this trade, work can be quite physical, hours can be long depending on employer, fault finding skills need to be attain...
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