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Apprenticeship training course

Material processing plant operator (level 2)

Operating and maintaining heavy mobile plant equipment like excavators, dumper trucks or construction material production plants

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Asphalt plant operator
  • Concrete plant operator
  • Crushing operator
  • De-barking plant operator
  • Kiln operator
  • Locomotive operator
  • Operations yard operator
  • Packing plant operator
  • Process operator
  • Production plant operator
  • Quarry operator
  • Recycling plant operator
  • Screening operator
  • Washing plant operator
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Conduct pre-start checks of plant equipment.
  • Conduct post operation checks of plant equipment.
  • Identify and report environmental issues of work undertaken.
  • Conduct maintenance activities such as planned, preventative, predictive or reactive.
  • Use materials, fluids or lubricants required for operation and maintenance.
  • Monitor stock levels.
  • Monitor end product quality and report issues.
  • Carry out and record learning and development activities.
  • Comply with health and safety procedures in compliance with regulations and standards. Comply with safe systems of work.
  • Follow procedures in line with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance.
  • Lock off and isolate equipment or systems using Lockout, Tag out, Try out (LOTOTO) procedures.
  • Follow equality, diversity and inclusion procedures.
  • Identify, organise and use resources to complete tasks, with consideration for cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact.
  • Communicate with others verbally for example colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Record or enter information - paper based or electronic. For example, energy usage, risk assessments, equipment service records, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, checklists, pre-start and post operation check records, waste records.
  • Identify and take action when observing unsafe practice.
  • Carry out risk assessments.
  • Applies team working principles.
  • Follow handover procedures.

Full information on Material processing plant operator (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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