Plant Operations Level 2

The Basics

Sector: Construction
Awarding Body: CSkills and City and Guilds
Qualification: Level 2 in Plant Operations
Qualification Type: Apprenticeship Framework
Duration: 15 months
Type of Assessment: Continuous assessment throughout the programme

What you will Learn

One of the following will be included in your qualification:
> 180 degree excavators to extract and excavate ground and loose materials in the workplace
> Crawler tractor dozers to carry out dozer operations in the workplace
> Draglines to excavate ground materials in the workplace
> 360 degree excavators to excavate ground in the workplace
> Trenchers to excavate ground in the workplace
> Tracked loading shovels to excavate ground and loose materials in the workplace.

You will also gain CSCS Skills Operator Card and CPCS Competency Card in forward tipping dumper, ride on roller and 360 excavator


As a Plant Operator, you will utilise machines such as bulldozers, dumper trucks, mobile elevated work platforms, giant cranes, compactors and excavators.

Most Plant Operators will tend to focus on one type of large machinery and will generally work outdoors on a range of projects from demolition to new housing developments.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications required for this role however it is preferential that you have some experience of working within this industry.

Roles Available in this Sector

> Plant Operator
> Demolition Operative
> Plant Manager
> Site Engineer


> Level 3 Occupational Work Supervision

> Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operations / Departmental Management


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