Surfacing labourer smooths out freshly poured asphalt

Paving and Surfacing Labourer

Paving and Surfacing Labourers perform routine tasks associated in laying bituminous and other paving materials on roads, runways, parking areas and other surfaces to be paved.

Overview

Paving and Surfacing Labourers perform routine tasks associated in laying bituminous and other paving materials on roads, runways, parking areas and other surfaces to be paved.

Day-to-day

  • sweeping paving bases prior to laying asphalt and other surfaces
  • sprinkling and brushing hot and cold-mix asphalt over surfaces to be paved and repaired to bond asphalt toppings to bases
  • operating tank-truck distributors and hoses to spray tar and road oils and emulsions on graded surfaces prior to paving
  • tripping tail-gate levers to discharge hot-mix asphalt into paving machines, and spreading stone chips, gravel and cold-mix asphalt onto road surfaces
  • shovelling asphalt mix into areas inaccessible to paving machines, and compacting mix using rakes and hand tampers
  • cutting and trimming damaged surfaces using jack-hammers and softening edges of areas to be repaired with blowtorches
  • erecting and dismantling barricades
  • loading and unloading equipment, and cleaning work sites
  • may direct traffic.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,192 / week
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Paving and Surfacing Labourer

  • You can work as a Paving and Surfacing Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in stoneworking or bituminous surfacing might be helpful.

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