An asphalt paving machine operator is primarily responsible for the operation and minor maintenance of an asphalt paving machine. Operators are expected to have a working understanding of two types of these machines, rubber-tired and track. While operating either machine, operators should be able to manipulate the clutch, levers, controls, gauges, and attachments necessary to apply asphalt onto the required surface. The operator should be capable of running the machine, either manually or with electronic controls.
An operator is expected to provide regular inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repairs on the machine as is necessary. Pre-shift and post-shift walk-around inspections should be carried out daily. Appropriate paperwork, records, and documentation should be kept by all operators. Additionally, applicants should have a thorough understanding of the paving and road construction industry, its policies and procedures, and applicable national and local regulations. Proper safety gear and adherence to all safety standards is mandatory.
The position typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Some employers require a valid CDL B with appropriate endorsements. The ability to lift fifty to seventy-five pounds unassisted, climb on and off safely, and sit in the same position for an extended period of time is required. Asphalt paving machine operator positions can be seasonal or full-time. Crews often work around the clock, with shifts lasting up to twelve hours. Non-traditional hours including overtime, weekends, and nights are probable. The work is often strenuous and dirty, and it can be dangerous. Extreme weather conditions are also possible.
Asphalt Paving Machine Operator Tasks
Set up materials and forms, shoveling, taping and spray-painting to indicate tasks.
Drive and operate equipment safely, inspecting pre- and post-usage.
Operate equipment to deliver, smooth, and tamp gravel and dirt, and cover with asphalt.
Fill, set up, clean, and dump supplies, refuse, and equipment.