Jaeger Petry | Future Made

Jaeger drives heavy machinery on construction sites. She has licenses to operate a range of machines and uses them to help to build roads and other huge infrastructure.

Plant Operator, Age 22

Jaeger drives heavy machinery on construction sites. She has licenses to operate a range of machines and uses them to help to build roads and other huge infrastructure.

"Driving on a road you’ve built is really satisfying."

Jaeger Petry, 23, heavy plant operator

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More About Jaeger

  • Jaeger loves her job as she’s outdoors every day and it’s always easy to see what she’s achieved when she finishes work.

  • After her A levels, a friend who's a bulldozer driver suggested she got involved in construction. Initially, Jaeger had been thinking about going to university but, after a few weeks’ work experience, she’s never looked back.

  • Plant operators don’t just drive machines. Jaeger also needs to be able to recognise different materials in the ground, follow GPS and read complex designs to make sure her work is correct.

  • Her wage varies depending on the machine she’s driving, but she generally earns £35,000 - 45,000 a year. The more hours she works, the more she gets paid.

  • Jaeger loves travelling and her work takes her all over the UK. She’s also a keen photographer. Thanks to her job, she’s never short of new places to take pictures of.

Jaeger Petry, 23, heavy plant operator

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