Road Roller Operator

Drive heavy rolling machines to compact earth fills.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Road Roller Operators do?

Drives heavy rolling machine to compact earth fills, subgrades, flexible base, and bituminous surface to grade specifications preparatory to construction of highways, streets, and runways: Moves levers, depresses pedals, turns handwheels, and pushes throttle to control and guide machine. Drives machine in successive overlapping passes over surface to be compacted. Determines speed and direction of machine, based on knowledge of compressibility of material under changing temperatures, so that ridges are not formed by excessive pressure. Pushes hand roller and pounds surfaces, using hand tamp, or guides portable power roller over areas not accessible to road roller. May be designated according to surface rolled as Road-Roller Operator, Hot Mix; Subgrade-Roller Operator; or according to source of power used as Diesel-Roller Operator; Gas-Roller Operator.


Should I be a Road Roller 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Asphalt Roller Person, Bituminous-Distributor Operator, Blacktop-Paver Operator, Black Top Roller See More

    How to become a Road Roller Operator

    Most Road Roller 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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