Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operator

Operate machines to clean joint grooves or to cut new grooves in pavement.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operators do?

Operates machine to clean expansion joint grooves or to cut new grooves in concrete or asphalt pavement, and to rout out cracks in concrete and asphalt pavement: Installs cutters in cutterhead and mounts cutterhead on cone of main drum shaft, using handtools. Guides machine along joint or crack, sighting through mirror fastened to front of machine. Lowers and raises cutter according to sounds of blades in contact with paved surface to cut safety grooves in specified paved sections. Measures to verify depth of grooves, using depth gauge and adjusts cutting blades according to depth specifications. Cleans and replaces cutters when dirty or worn.


Should I be a Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Safety-Grooving-Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Joint Cleaning and Grooving Machine Operator

    Most Joint Cleaning and Grooving 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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