Concrete Paving Machine Operator

Operate concrete paving machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Concrete Paving Machine Operators do?

Operates concrete paving machine to spread and smooth freshly poured concrete surfaces for concrete roads and landing fields: Starts machine, engages clutch, and shifts gears to control machine’s movement along rails on concrete forms. Moves levers and turns handwheels to lower attachment that spreads wet concrete within forms. Observes surface of concrete to point out low spots for workers to add concrete. Operates machine with attachments to successively vibrate, screed, strike-off, and float surface of concrete, to spray on curing compound, and cut expansion joints. When cutting expansion joints, places strips of material, such as cork, asphalt, or steel, in joints, or places roll of expansion-joint material on machine that automatically inserts material into joints. When operating machine to screed and float surface, may be designated Concrete-Finishing-Machine Operator. May be designated according to specific function of machine attachment as Center-Line-Cutter Operator; Curing-Machine Operator; Gang-Vibrator Operator; Joint-Machine Operator; Longitudinal-Float Operator. May be designated: Screed Operator; Spreader Operator; Strike-Off-Machine Operator; Vibrating-Screed Operator.

Should I be a Concrete Paving Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Concrete Finishing Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Concrete Paving Machine Operator

    Most Concrete Paving Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9oaaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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