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 ...

  • Spread and compact paving materials 
  • Drive, maneuver and control heavy machinery (road rollers and crane oilers) used to construct roads, bridges and other structures 
  • Read grade stakes and adjust and transfer elevations 
  • Conduct routine inspections and maintain accurate reporting 
  • Spread and compact paving materials 

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 certifications to students who complete the program. Students should also earn a state-issued 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 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
  • At least 17 years old 
  • Positive attendance and progress record 
  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 
  • 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.