Paving Equipment Operators
On the Job
Paving Equipment Operators run equipment that is used to apply concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds and similar structures.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete.
- Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
- Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
- Operate road-surfacing equipment.
- Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Compact materials to create level bases.
- Load materials into construction equipment.
- Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
- Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Frequent decision-making.
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