• Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 39,310
    $33,360 range bar $48,470
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators use equipment to apply concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways. They may also use equipment for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials.

What do they typically do

  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors
  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds
  • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials
  • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates
  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments
  • Control traffic
  • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials according to grade specifications
  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Openings 139

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