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Paving: Career and Education Opportunities in Arizona

Paving: Pavers build our roads. Using both large-scale industrial approaches and small-scale craftsmanship, they build the surfaces on which we walk every day.

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Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and biggest city is Phoenix. In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of History, and the Heard Museum.


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Black Top Paver Operator

Black Top Paver Operators operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Black Top Paver Operators need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity.
Highway Maintenance Worker

Highway Maintenance Workers maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Highway Maintenance Workers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Track Layer

Track Layers lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Track Layers need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults. They also need to install equipment in line with existing requirements.