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Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
    • Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.
    • Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds.
    • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
    • Coordinate truck dumping.
    • Drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites.
    • Set up and tear down equipment.
    • 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.
    • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
    • Control traffic.
    • Place strips of material, such as cork, asphalt, or steel into joints, or place rolls of expansion-joint material on machines that automatically insert material.
    • Shovel blacktop.
    • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
    • Drive and operate curbing machines to extrude concrete or asphalt curbing.
    • Operate oil distributors, loaders, chip spreaders, dump trucks, and snow plows.
    • Operate machines that clean or cut expansion joints in concrete or asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement.
    • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers.
    • Install dies, cutters, and extensions to screeds onto machines, using hand tools.
    • Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete or water mixes.

    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.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 220

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Rollers
    • Road pavers
    • Paving material mixers
    • Bituminous material distributors
    • Asphalt finishers

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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