Plant Operator Mechanic

Royal Engineers

Drive machinery on Army building sites

“We each had our own machine for each phase of the course and plenty of practice time and good instruction.”

You work as part of a project team at Army sites all over the world. You’re trained to use all kinds of plant machinery such as diggers and bulldozers for earth-moving, excavation and other tasks. Airports, bases, harbours – you never know what you’ll be working on next. You’ll be trained to work on civilian sites too. Along with trade skills, you’ll get driving licences for a range of vehicles. It’s the start of an exciting career that comes with sports, activities and the unbeatable feeling of being part of close-knit team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Get trained as a mechanic for servicing & fault finding
  • Learn to operate different pieces of plant equipment
  • Be trained on all civilian construction uses of plant
  • Become fully trained on the use of plant within the military role

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

 

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. You will then move on to complete your Plant Operator Mechanic specific training at Chatham in Kent.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and Science

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Driving Licences - B, C, C+E, H and G
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Plant Operations (EdExcel)

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I found the plant operator course was well structured. We covered more subjects than I thought, including basic mechanics, servicing of plant vehicles and civilian skills with qualifications such as the health and safety NVQ test. We each had our own machine for each phase of the course and plenty of practice time and good instruction. I am looking forward to going to my unit as a fully trained Military Engineer Plant Operator Mechanic.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
First, you learn to be a soldier with basic training.


Step 2
Then it’s a two-week course to learn field engineering skills (Phase 2 training as a Royal Engineer). From here, you move onto your Class 2 POM course. Over two weeks at Chatham, you’re trained to use the Light Wheeled Tractor and Medium Wheeled Tractor. After a year or so you will come back to Chatham to take your Class 1 POM course which teaches you to use the D5 and Roller vehicles. Most Reserve training will fit around your day job.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Driving Licences – B, C, C+E, D, H

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I found the Class 1 course informative and beneficial; I am now trained on the D5 MCT and Roller. This gives me the chance to be more versatile on tasks we undertake, as I can now operate several pieces of plant machinery.”

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.