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Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
(SOC Code : 47-2071)
in California

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. Include concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20151st Qtr$25.28$21.19$24.34$28.08

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2012 - 20226,7007,2005007.5150

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Earthwork and Paving ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
Parking and Highway Improvement ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction2,25927.9%
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 13,88320.8%
Utility System Construction 1,5782.7%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics` hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.
Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.
Set up and tear down equipment.
Coordinate truck dumping.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
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.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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