Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
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Also known as:
Asphalt Paver, Asphalt Paving Machine Operator, Asphalt Roller Operator, Asphalt Tamping Machine Operator, Blacktop-Paver Operator, Paver Operator, Road Grader, Screed Operator
Building roads is hot, dirty, physically demanding work. But well-built roads are essential to our modern, highly mobile society.
After the earthmovers and grading machines have prepared the roadbed, layers of sand, gravel, and crushed stone are often applied. A tamping equipment operator then guides a special machine that vibrates thousands of times a minute to pound the materials into the ground.
Next, paving equipment operators pour concrete or asphalt onto the roadbed (or parking lot, or airport runway). For less heavily used roads, a surfacing equipment operator may spray hot tar ona tamped stone base. Small stone chips will then be added before the tar cools.
Typically, these workers are trained on-the-job. The demand for new highways remains high, while at the same time, aging roads need frequent repairs. So, paving, surfacing, and tamping operators will continue to be needed to keep the nation moving in the years ahead.
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|Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines|| |
|Dealing and handling conflict|| |
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|Work closely with team members, clients etc.|| |
|Comfort of the work setting|| |
|Exposure to extreme environmental conditions|| |
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Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
Control paving machines to push dump trucks and to maintain a constant flow of asphalt or other material into hoppers or screeds.
Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
Coordinate truck dumping.
Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
Set up and tear down equipment.
Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.
Drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites.
|Controlling Machines and Processes||Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).|
|Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material||Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.|
|Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment||Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.|
|Performing General Physical Activities||Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.|
|Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People||Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.|
|Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings||Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.|
|Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge||Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.|
|Making Decisions and Solving Problems||Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.|
|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.|
|Physics||Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.|
|Public Safety and Security||Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.|
|Customer and Personal Service||Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.|
|Chemistry||Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.|
|Design||Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.|
|Operation 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.|
|Coordination||Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.|
|Critical Thinking||Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.|
|Troubleshooting||Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.|
|Repairing||Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.|
|Equipment Maintenance||Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.|