Paving laborers install asphalt and cement for roads, sidewalks, and walkways, which involves shoveling gravel, dirt, and other materials. They also load and unload materials at work-sites and distribute them to the appropriate locations. They typically level and spread these construction materials, and other duties may involve pounding stakes and setting up and removing forms.
Prior to work being carried out, sites must be cleaned for potential hazards and safety guidelines should be followed at all times, including wearing appropriate protective equipment. It's important to be able to stand for long periods of time, as well as bend, stoop, and lift heavy items, and this job also requires the use of hand tools. Some positions require the ability to use utility work machines, jackhammers, and other equipment, and it may occasionally be necessary to work under adverse weather conditions, such as extreme heat.
A valid driver’s license and reliable mode of transportation are usually required to travel between work-sites, and paving laborers usually work with other team members, such as foremen and construction workers, so strong teamwork skills and the ability to work at a good pace are important in this position. Attention to detail is also important to ensure that the work meets clients' standards. Some employers require past experience, which can be obtained from apprenticeships and prior employment, while others employers offer on-the-job training, and a high school diploma or GED is often a minimum requirement.
Paving Laborer Tasks
Lift, carry, and clean tools and equipment.
Operate a truck to and from job sites, and clean and paint streets and curbs on an annual basis.
Dig, spread, and level construction materials as directed.
Place, move, and dismantle signs, barricades, or cones.