Reference Quantity: ST0144

Particulars of normal


The primary duties and duties of mineral processing cell and static plant operators are to function both fastened or cell heavy plant tools effectively and safely complying with present laws, firm insurance policies and procedures. Producing top quality merchandise for a various vary of finish makes use of and associated manufacture corresponding to building merchandise, prepared blended concrete, mortar, asphalt, cement, precast or prestressed concrete merchandise. Duties embody finishing up preventative and routine upkeep inspections of kit and housekeeping. Moreover, they’re anticipated to report plant defects, conduct danger assessments, work alone and in a crew, reveal product information and a powerful self-discipline in direction of security, well being and setting. It’s also the accountability of the mineral processing plant operator to report inventory availability and high quality. Plant equipment is specialist tools (potential worth as much as 2 million kilos) that may fall into two predominant classes with numerous related job roles.

Static plant:

Concrete batcher, asphalt plant operator, mortar plant operator, crushing and screening plant operator, washing plant operator precast & prestressed concrete manufacturing operative, and so on.                      

Cell plant:

Cell plant operators required to function plant tools corresponding to quarry dumpers, articulated dumpers, 360 excavators, telehandlers, loading shovels and dozers, and so on.

Apprentices might be anticipated to grow to be competent at working one merchandise of plant throughout the apprenticeship.

Entry necessities:

At the least they need to obtain stage 1 English and maths and take the check for stage 2 English and maths. Particular person employers will set any extra entry necessities for this apprenticeship.

Sub sectors that use this commonplace

Extractive operations, quarrying, mining, waste operations, precast & prestressed concrete, dimension stone operations, delving, recycling 


18 to 24 months (Minimal 12 months)

Apprenticeship Stage

Stage 2

Core competencies – information, abilities and behaviours


What’s required


  • Reveal understanding of the operational and technical elements of the fastened or cell plant tools.
  • Reveal understanding of all of the hazards and dangers of working fastened or cell plant tools.

Well being and security

  • Clarify the significance of reporting and analysis of all potential work hazards and site-specific hazards, together with near-misses and harmful occurrences.
  • Reveal the identification of dangers of actions utilizing authorised evaluation processes and encourage different workers to reveal safety-conscious behaviours.
  • Reveal understanding of danger assessments, laws, laws, protected methods of labor, and limits of accountability.


  • Clarify learn how to consider the environmental affect of working cell and static tools.
  • Clarify the significance of minimising gasoline/waste and environmental affect of labor actions.

Efficient communications

  • Clarify the reporting traces in each day-to-day and emergency conditions.
  • Clarify learn how to talk successfully and learn how to develop and keep efficient working relationships.

Product information

  • Reveal understanding of the merchandise and product specs required and establish modifications or points with high quality or inventory ranges once they come up.


What’s required


  • Have the ability to conduct pre-start and put up operation checks of plant tools.
  • Have the ability to function fastened or cell plant tools to the required firm requirements, protected methods of labor and present laws.
  • Have the ability to function fastened or cell plant tools in an efficient and environment friendly method.


  • Have the ability to assess, establish and report any environmental affect of labor undertaken.
  • Minimise the demand for fossil fuels and pure sources wherever doable.

Upkeep strategies

  • Have the ability to conduct routine and reactive upkeep in accordance with firm coverage, procedures and producer specs.
  • Have the ability to use supplies, fluids and lubricants required for on a regular basis operation and upkeep in accordance with firm coverage, procedures, management of Substances Hazardous to Well being knowledge (COSHH) and producer specs.

Planning and organising Work

  • Have the ability to plan and full required duties in step with firm key efficiency indicators, measures and document progress in opposition to them.
  • Have the ability to monitor shares of supplies and merchandise required, and report points with these in step with firm coverage and procedures.


  • Have the ability to produce a constant top quality finish product in step with buyer and firm specs, be they aggregates, prepared blended concrete, cement, mortar, asphalt, cement, precast or prestressed concrete merchandise.
  • Have the ability to monitor finish product high quality and shares and report points in step with firm coverage and procedures.


What’s required

Skilled judgement

  • Have the ability to work inside personal stage of competence and know when to hunt recommendation from colleagues.

Dedication to code of ethics

  • Reveal working throughout the firm guidelines, laws and sustaining skilled competence.

Persevering with skilled improvement (CPD)

  • Have the ability to establish personal improvement wants and take motion to satisfy these wants.
  • Have the ability to use personal information and experience to assist others.

Dedication to equality and variety

  • Clarify the significance of equality and variety and handle/problem others to satisfy the necessities of equity at work.

Talk Successfully

  • Clarify the significance of speaking with operational crew successfully guaranteeing info is handed clearly and promptly.

Accepting accountability

  • Have the ability to take accountability for personal behaviours, actions and requirements of labor.

Well being, security & setting

  • Have the ability to adjust to danger assessments, protected methods of labor, firm security coverage and procedures always.
  • Clarify the significance of selling a optimistic well being, security and environmental tradition via situational consciousness and by private instance, taking applicable actions if others are appearing unsafely.


To reveal competence the suitable {qualifications} should be achieved throughout the apprenticeship as they’re a regulatory requirement throughout the sector.

For Cell plant operations:

MPQC Stage 2 Diploma in Mineral Merchandise Cell Plant Operations.

For Static plant operations (extractive operations)

MPQC Stage 2 Diploma in Mineral Merchandise Processing Operations

For Static plant operations (Precast concrete operations)

MPQC Stage 2 Diploma in Precast Concrete Operations

For Static plant operations (Dimension stone operations)

MPQC Stage 2 Certificates in Dimension Stone Operations

For Marine Dredging static plant operations

MPQC Stage 2 Diploma in Marine Mixture Extraction

Assessment date:

This apprenticeship commonplace ought to be reviewed three years after approval of the usual and each three years thereafter.

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