Construction Plant Hire Adviser

Job Description:

Construction plant hire advisers rent out plant machinery, tools and equipment to builders and the public.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

As a plant hire adviser, you may:

  • take customer orders and give rental quotes
  • show customers how to operate equipment safely
  • advise customers on which equipment is best for their needs
  • put orders together and organise deliveries
  • take payments
  • monitor stock levels
  • arrange regular safety checks on equipment with mechanics
  • keep hire records up to date
  • answer customer questions face to face, over the phone or online


You’ll need:

  • the ability to sell products and services
  • maths knowledge
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • to enjoy working with other people (teamwork skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a Construction Plant Hire Adviser, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a general education with a focus on practical skills, mathematics, and business-related subjects can be beneficial. Here are some subjects that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are important for tasks like financial analysis, budgeting, and pricing strategies.
  2. Business Studies or Economics: Courses related to business can provide knowledge about business operations, marketing, and management, which are relevant to advising on construction plant hire.
  3. English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and writing, are important for documentation, contracts, and client interactions.
  4. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide a basic understanding of construction equipment and machinery.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software and technology for data analysis, project management, and communication can be valuable.
  6. Physical Education (PE): A basic level of physical fitness and stamina can be helpful if you need to visit construction sites or interact with equipment.

While specific subjects are not mandatory, having a general education that includes mathematics, business-related subjects, and good communication skills can be advantageous in preparing for a career as a Construction Plant Hire Adviser.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You can do a hire controller intermediate apprenticeship.

Direct Application
You could apply directly to work as a plant hire adviser.

Employers usually look for experience in construction, warehousing or retail. Strong customer service and administration skills will also be helpful.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 37 to 42 hours a week, occasionally including evenings, weekends, or holidays.

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 & Progression:

You could:

  • become a store supervisor then depot manager
  • move into equipment servicing or sales
  • train as a construction plant mechanic