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NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance (Construction)

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The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance qualification has been developed for achievement in a real workplace environment which means you need to be employed to undertake this qualification.

This qualification enables you, the learner, to demonstrate and recognise your skills, knowledge and understanding and to demonstrate your competence in a real workplace environment so you can work as a Plant Mechanic within the construction industry.

You will be assessed against a set of performance and knowledge statements which have been derived from National Occupational Standards for your occupational area. You will be assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you complete your qualification.

This qualification supports the learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge.

This qualification can be taken as part of an apprenticeship framework, if desired. This qualification sits within the Construction Apprenticeship Framework in England and Wales. For further information about the Construction Apprenticeship Frameworks, please see website:

This qualification is supported by the Construction Plant Association (CPA).

The learner will cover key practical skills and knowledge in these mandatory units
-Operating Plant or Machinery for Non-operational Activities in the Workplace
-Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
-Diagnosing Faults in Plant or Machinery Systems or Components in the Workplace
-Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
-Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
-Determining and Completing Service to Maintain Plant or Machinery in the Workplace
-Determining and Advising on the Viability of Repair or Replacement for Returning Plant or Machinery to Service in the Workplace.

The learner will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in three of the following optional units:
-Installing, Repairing or Modifying Construction Resources by Heating, Welding, Brazing, Soldering and Thermal Cutting in the Workplace
-Producing One-off Components to Restore or Maintain the Operational Functions of Plant or Machinery in the Workplace
-Installing Plant or Machinery for Operational Activities in the Workplace
-Configuring Plant or Machinery for Specific Operational Activities in the Workplace
-Handing Over Plant or Machinery to the Control of Others in the Workplace
-Carrying Out Specific Tests on Plant or Machinery to Determine Operational Serviceability in the Workplace
-Providing Technical Information, Advice and Guidance to Users of Plant or Machinery in the Workplace
-Inspecting Plant or Machinery for Operational Serviceability in the Workplace.

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Qualification Structure

Min Credits : 167

Description: To achieve this qualification a minimum of 167 credits need to be attained. This comprises of 110 credits from the Mandatory Group, plus 57 credits from the Optional Group.


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