Plant hire controller
Construction plant hire advisers rent out plant machinery, tools and equipment to builders and the public.
Salary Range: £16,000 to £26,000
How to become a construction plant hire adviser
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a hire controller intermediate apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly to work as a plant hire controller or construction equipment hire adviser.
Employers usually look for experience in construction, warehousing or retail. Strong customer service and administration skills will also be helpful.
You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Hire Association Europe for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about working in construction equipment hire from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- to enjoy working with other people
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- maths knowledge
- administration skills
- active listening skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have forklift truck driver training for some jobs
- have a category C1 or C LGV licence if driving mobile cranes on public roads
- have a first aid certificate
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- dealing with customer orders and giving rental quotes
- showing customers how to operate equipment safely
- advising customers on which equipment is best for their needs
- processing orders and handling payments
- putting orders together and organising deliveries
- monitoring stock levels
- checking equipment is safe to use
- keeping hire records up to date
You could work at a store, in a contact centre or on a construction site.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
You could become a store supervisor then manager. You could also move into equipment servicing or do training to work as a construction plant engineer.