Correctly setting up heavy equipment at a jobsite in readiness for the commencement of a construction project is not a simple task. It is a job that requires expert handling because even the slightest of errors can not only cause serious injuries to plant operators and those around the work site but also result in costly equipment failures. The people trained to install machinery and equipment that is to be used for construction projects are called plant engineers. If you are considering joining this line of work, it is important for you to know that you'll be required to do more than just install plant machinery at the required construction location.
Read on to learn about other responsibilities and duties of plant engineers.
Taking part in the commissioning of the plant.
Commissioning is an integral part of any plant installation job. It is usually performed to ensure that the installation job has been carried out in accordance with industry standards. Commissioning is often carried out by commissioning engineers in the presence of plant engineers.
Like plant engineers, commissioning engineers must be acquainted with the design and operation of the plant machinery to be used for construction purposes. Plant engineers must be present during plant commissioning to ensure they take note of any issues or concerns that may be raised by the commissioning engineer as regards how the installation job has been performed. As it is often said, "two heads are better than one."
Maintaining plant equipment.
To keep working at peak efficiency throughout the construction project, plant machinery and equipment will need to be regularly maintained. Regular maintenance is required to ensure that the various components and systems of the equipment are inspected to check for any issues that may lead to operational failure or costly damage.
After the initial inspection of the plant, a plant engineer will stick around to ensure construction plant machinery and equipment get the service they need to keep running well. They will lubricate the equipment, check for wear and tear of parts, and even test the equipment to ensure it is in good shape to handle the next shift.
Aside from installing and maintaining construction plant equipment, plant engineers can also disassemble the equipment upon completion of the project. If they can built it up, they can definitely take it apart. In other words, construction contractors may require the services of a plant engineer from start to finish.