Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

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What do they do?

Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways or for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Also known as:

Asphalt Paver Operator, Asphalt Paving Machine Operator, Asphalt Raker, Asphalt Roller Operator, Asphalt Screed Operator, Equipment Operator (EO), Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Maintenance Equipment Operator (MEO), Paver Operator, Roller Operator, Screed Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 9.1%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #28 in job growth rate
  • 280

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #5 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.5%)
  • Associate's degree (5.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (18%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (53%)
  • Less than high school diploma (20.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate road-surfacing equipment.
  • Load materials into construction equipment.
  • Monitor construction operations.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Coordinate construction project activities.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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