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Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators - 47-2071.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Asphalt Paver Operator
  • Asphalt Paving Machine Operator
  • Asphalt Raker
  • Asphalt Roller Operator
  • Equipment Operator (EO)
  • Loader Operator
  • Maintenance Equipment Operator (MEO)
  • Paver Operator
  • Roller Operator
  • Screed Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2070 Construction Equipment Operators
47-2071.00 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete.
  • Build construction forms or molds.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Coordinate construction project activities.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
  • Install equipment attachments or components.
  • Load materials into construction equipment.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Monitor construction operations.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Operate road-surfacing equipment.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Quarrying Specialist (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Asphalt Paving Machine Operator (Alt. Title: Concrete and Asphalt Equip Op)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Asphalt-Paving-Machine Operator
  • Concrete-Paving-Machine Operator
  • Curb-Machine Operator
  • Form-Tamper Operator
  • Heater-Planer Operator
  • Joint-Cleaning-and-Grooving-Machine Operator
  • Reinforcing-Steel-Machine Operator
  • Road-Mixer Operator
  • Road-Oiling-Truck Driver
  • Road-Roller Operator
  • Stone-Spreader Operator
  • Tamping-Machine Operator