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

Career Details


Students in 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 center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

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