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

Career Details


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

  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Routine equipment inspections
  • Preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Records maintenance
  • Moving and positioning raw materials and finished components
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Effective communication

Career Options

Most program graduates go on to work in the transportation industry as a front end loader, motor grader operator, paving machine operator, load operator, floating load operator, or heavy equipment operator.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete Job Corps’ basic Heavy Equipment Operator or Asphalt Paving career technical training program.
  • 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.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.


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.

Advanced 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
Commitment to safety
Communication skills

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