Paving and Surfacing Equipment Operators


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+12.1% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High School Diploma


What Paving and Surfacing Equipment Operators Do

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

Other Job Titles Paving and Surfacing Equipment Operators May Have

Asphalt Paver Operator, Asphalt Raker, Equipment Operator (EO), Heavy Equipment Operator, Maintenance Equipment Operator (MEO), Operator, Paver Operator, Roller Operator, Screed Operator, Truck Driver

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
  • 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.
  • Operate oil distributors, loaders, chip spreaders, dump trucks, and snow plows.
  • Coordinate truck dumping.

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