Career Details for Paving, Surfacing, & Tamping Equipment Operators

Paving, Surfacing, & Tamping Equipment Operators

Also called:

Equipment Operator (EO), Paver Operator, Roller Operator, Truck Driver

What they 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.

On the job, you would:

  • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds.
  • Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
  • Control traffic.

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Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • building and construction

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

Electronic mail software

  • Email software

Office suite software

  • Microsoft Office


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high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED usually needed

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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.


per year, on average
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