CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
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.
Coordinate truck dumping.
Set up and tear down equipment.
Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
Shovel blacktop.
Drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites.
Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
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.
Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete/water mixes.
Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.
Drive and operate curbing machines to extrude concrete or asphalt curbing.
Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts, using machines equipped with interchangeable hammers.
Install dies, cutters, and extensions to screeds onto machines, using hand tools.
Operate machines that clean or cut expansion joints in concrete or asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Email software Electronic mail software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Time report software Time accounting software
Word processing software Word processing software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Asphalt distributor trucks Bituminous material distributors
Asphalt heating equipment Kettle exchangers
Asphalt mixing equipment Paving material mixers
Asphalt paving machines Road pavers
Automatic paving control systems Road pavers
Chip spreaders Chip Spreaders
Claw hammers Hammers
Cold in-place recyclers Cold planers
Cold planers Cold planers
Compactors Compactors
Concrete paving machines Road pavers
Concrete saws Power saws
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Flatbed truck trailers Flatbed trailers
Hot mix material transfer devices Paving material mixers
Jackhammers Pneumatic hammer
Laser levels Levels
Liquid asphalt storage equipment Bituminous material distributors
Locking pliers Locking pliers
Manual rollers Rollers
Milling machines Milling machines
Motor graders Graders
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Oil distributors Bituminous material distributors
Pavement marking machines Paint sprayers
Paving curbing machines Curbing machines
Paving finishing machines Asphalt finishers
Personal computers Personal computers
Pneumatic paving breakers Paving breakers
Pneumatic rollers Rollers
Power extendable screeds Asphalt finishers
Profiling equipment Non contact sensors
Respirators Respirators
Road heater-planers Road surface heater planers
Robotic paving machines Road pavers
Rolling machines Rollers
Rubber-tired asphalt pavers Road pavers
Rubber-track asphalt pavers Road pavers
Self-contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
Self-propelled material transfer devices Paving material mixers
Slip form machines Curbing machines
Snowplows Snowplow attachments
Static rollers Rollers
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Straightedges Straight edges
String lines String or twine
Surveying tapes Measuring tapes
Tamping machines Tampers
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Two way radios Two way radios
Vibrating concrete screeds Concrete paving strike offs
Vibratory rollers Rollers
Wheel loaders Wheel loaders
Windrow pickup machines Paving material mixers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Alternate Job Title(s)
Asphalt Distributor Tender
Asphalt Paver
Asphalt Paving Machine Operator
Asphalt Raker
Asphalt Roller Operator
Asphalt Spreader Operator
Asphalt Surface Heater Operator
Asphalt Tamping Machine Operator
Bituminous Paving Machine Operator
Black Top Machine Operator
Black Top Paver Operator
Black Top Roller
Black Top Spreader Machine Operator
Blacktop-Paver Operator
Concrete Finisher
Concrete Finishing Machine Operator
Concrete Paving Machine Operator
Curb Machine Operator
Equipment Operator (EO)
Form Grader
Form Tamper
Form Tamper Operator
Heater-Planer Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Highway Maintenance Worker
Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operator
Joint Machine Operator
Loader Operator
Mechanical Spreader Operator
Mud Jack Operator
Paver Operator
Paving Machine Operator
Reinforcing Steel Machine Operator
Road Grader
Road Mixer Operator
Road Oiling Truck Driver
Road Packer Operator
Road Roller Operator
Roadway Technician
Roller Machine Operator
Roller Operator
Screed Operator
Steam Roller Operator
Stone Spreader Operator
Strike Off Machine Operator
Tamping Machine Operator
Transportation Maintenance Worker
Traveling Plant Operator
Truck Driver
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
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