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Paving: Career and Education Opportunities in Colorado

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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Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and most populous city is Denver. In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Fine and Dandy Gourmet Baskets & Gifts, the Denver City & County Government, and the Friends of Historic FT Logan.


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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.