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Operates a wide variety of heavy equipment vehicles that perform the spreading and compaction of paving materials.

Career Details


Students in Asphalt Paving are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Operate heavy equipment
  • Conduct routine equipment inspections
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Maintain accurate records and make reports
  • Move and position raw materials and finished components.
  • Follow appropriate standard operating procedures

Career Options

Most Asphalt Paving graduates go on to work on a variety of construction projects. Working hours vary, but most work normal day shifts, but night shifts and weekends also can be a part of the job. You may be expected to work long hours, out-of-doors, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. You should expect to both sit for prolonged periods of time and be expected to climb, bend, stoop, and squat frequently. Job titles of our graduates include: Front End Loader Motor Grader Operator Paving Machine Operator Load Operator Floating Load Operator Heavy Equipment Operator


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Meet strenuous physical requirements.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Transportation training area can earn nationally recognized credentials and/or state licensure. Credentials such as these show that students have the skills and knowledge to work in transportation, logistics, and customer service.

Asphalt Paving Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Communication skills
Physical dexterity

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