Heater Planer Operator

Drive and control machines that heat and scrape road surfaces.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Heater Planer Operators do?

Drives and controls machine that heats and scrapes road surface to smooth surface: Starts burner of machine. Presses lever to lower heating unit over pavement to soften pavement. Turns handwheels to lower and position scraper blade. Drives machine over road to smooth surface.


Should I be a Heater Planer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Asphalt Surface Heater Operator, Excavation Laborer, Heater-Planer Operator, Hydraulic Press-In Operator See More

    How to become a Heater Planer Operator

    Most Heater Planer 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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