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Career and Education Opportunities for Black Top Paver Operators in Portland, Maine

There are many career and education opportunities for black top paver operators in the Portland, Maine area. The national trend for black top paver operators sees this job pool growing by about 11.5% over the next eight years. In general, 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 earn about $14 per hour or $30,760 per year on average in Maine and about $16 hourly or $33,270 yearly on average nationally. Black top paver operators earn less than people working in the category of Paving generally in Maine and less than people in the Paving category nationally.

The Portland area is home to twenty-three schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree as a black top paver operator. Given that the most common education level for black top paver operators is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a black top paver operator if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Black Top Paver Operator

Black Top Paver Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, 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. They also includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

Every day, black top paver operators are expected to be able to coordinate both hands in a single activity. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for black top paver operators to shovel blacktop. They are often called upon to drive machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites. They also direct truck dumping. They are sometimes expected to operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills and finished road materials, in line with grade specifications. Somewhat less frequently, black top paver operators are also expected to inspect and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.

Black top paver operators sometimes are asked to set up dies and extensions to screeds onto machines, using hand tools. They also have to be able to position strips of material such as cork or steel into joints, or position rolls of expansion-joint material on machines that automatically insert material And finally, they sometimes have to operate machines that clean or trim expansion joints in concrete or asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement.

Like many other jobs, black top paver operators must believe in cooperation and coordination and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Core Drill Operator. Operate a variety of drills--such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic--to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
  • Highway Maintenance Worker. Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miner. Operate machinery--such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines--to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the earth's surface.
  • Track Layer. 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. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and road bed tamping machine operators.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Black Top Paver Operator Training

Southern Maine Community College - South Portland, ME

Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106-1698. Southern Maine Community College is a medium sized college located in South Portland, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 5,654 students and an admission rate of 68%. Southern Maine Community College has a one to two year program in Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation which graduated one student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certification in Construction Materials - Asphalt: This certification program was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction materials.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Certification in Construction Materials - Concrete: This certification program was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction materials.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Certification in Construction Materials - Soils: This certification program was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction materials.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Highway Maintenance: This certification program was designed for engineering technicians involved in the inspection/supervision of street and highway maintenance activities.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Highway Materials: This certification program is for highway engineering technicians involved in laboratory and field testing of highway materials such as aggregates, asphalts, concrete, soils, paints, and metals.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Highway System Maintenance and Preservation: This certification is designed for engineering technicians who perform and inspect highway system maintenance and preservation work; the program is applicable to both private and public sector technicians.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.