Advanced Asphalt Paving, Pre-Apprentice

Advanced Asphalt Paving, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you a hands-on problem-solver? Dependable and cooperative? Interested in working with heavy machinery? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Asphalt Paving, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Drive, maneuver and control heavy machinery (loaders, backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, road rollers) used to construct roads, bridges and other structures
  • Read grade stakes, adjust and transfer elevations and use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology
  • Conduct routine inspections on heavy machinery and maintain and accurate reporting
  • Spread and compact paving materials
  • Drive and operate Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)

Some of the career options you will have ...  

Most Asphalt Paving, Pre-Apprentice graduates go on to work for construction contractors as front-end loaders, motor grader operators, paving machine operators, load operators, floating load operators or heavy equipment operators. Working hours vary. Most work normal day shifts, but night shifts and weekends also can be a part of the job. Asphalt pavers may work long hours outdoors, depending on the project. 

The credentials you will earn ...  

The Advanced Asphalt Paving, Pre-Apprentice program, which is operated by our national training contractor, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), offers industry credentials and certificates to students who complete the program. Students who excel in the program may also earn a state-issued Commercial Learner's Permit and Driver's License upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...  

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of a Job Corps basic training program in Automotive and Machine Repair, Construction, or Transportation industries. 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
  • At least 18 years old 
  • Valid State-issued Driver's License
  • OSHA 10 in Construction Industry
  • Positive attendance and progress record 
  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 
  • Ability to pass a DOT Physical Examination
  • Health clearance at current center 
  • Strong work ethic and determination to succeed 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.