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Career and Education Opportunities for Black Top Paver Operators in Missoula, Montana

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for black top paver operators in the Missoula, Montana area. There are currently 390 working black top paver operators in Montana; this should grow 18% to 460 working black top paver operators in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for black top paver operators, which 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.

The income of a black top paver operator is about $17 hourly or $36,080 yearly on average in Montana. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $16 per hour or $33,270 yearly on average. Incomes for black top paver operators are better than in the overall category of Paving in Montana, and not quite as good as the overall Paving category nationally.

The Missoula area is home to two schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Missoula where you can get a degree as a black top paver operator. Black top paver operators usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so 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 Missoula include:

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  • 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

The University of Montana - Missoula, MT

The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. The University of Montana is a large university located in Missoula, Montana. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 14,176 students and an admission rate of 96%. The University of Montana has a one to two year program in Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation which graduated sixteen students 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: Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana
Missoula, Montana photo by Joshulove

Missoula is located in Missoula County, Montana. It has a population of over 68,202, which has grown by 19.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Missoula, 100, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Missoula cost $89,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, one hundred eighty-six new homes were constructed in Missoula, down from two hundred ninety-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Missoula are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 14 minutes. More than 38.0% of Missoula residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Missoula is 5.1%, which is less than Montana's average of 5.8%.

The percentage of Missoula residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 32.4%, is less than both the national and state average. University Congregational Church, Unity Church of Missoula and United Pentecostal Church are all churches located in Missoula. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Missoula is home to the Health Sciences Building and the KOA El-Mar Kampground as well as Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Fort Missoula Park. Shopping malls in the area include East Gate Shopping Center, Southgate Mall and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Missoula can choose from Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Comfort Inn Missoula and Sleepy Inn Motel for temporary stays in the area.