Tamping-Machine Operator

Operate crawler-tire or pneumatic-tire mounted tamping machines.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tamping-Machine Operators do?

Operates crawler-tire or pneumatic-tire mounted tamping machine to compact earthen fills and finished road materials: Drives machine to work area. Moves levers to control tamping action of machine. May operate machine with interchangeable hammers to cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts into earth.


Should I be a Tamping-Machine 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Asphalt Tamping Machine Operator, Form-Tamping-Machine Operator, MEO, Stabilizing-Machine Operator See More

    How to become a Tamping-Machine Operator

    Most Tamping-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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