Build your plant operations skills to contribute to exciting, large scale infrastructure projects as an earthmoving plant operator. Learn to confidently operate heavy machinery like rollers and tip trucks, and work as part of a team on a range of projects including roads, railways and airports.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Operate a small plant and equipment including excavators, loaders, dozers, graders, and rollers
Handle resources and infrastructure materials
Safely dispose of non-toxic materials
Identify, locate, and protect underground services
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience reviewing real construction plans, specifications and drawings
Industry networks with peers, colleagues and plant operations professionals
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
Accreditation to work as a trade qualified plant operator
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in working outdoors and be involved with big machinery
Relevant employment or access to appropriate workplace environments to prove your skills
Intermediate level fitness to manage the physical demands of the role
Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change
Experience in handling tools and equipment
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Earthmoving Plant Operators operate plant to excavate earth, ore and rock, break up pavement, road, rock and obstructions, move and load earth, rock and debris, and level, smooth and compact surfaces in construction and other projects.
Other jobs include: Civil construction worker, Excavator operator, Front-end loader operator, Mobile plant operator, Grader operator, Skid steer operator and Haul truck operator
Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Visit the SafeWork website for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 units of competency, including 15 core and 5 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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