Pavement Layer / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $120,000+

Pavement Layers use specialised machines to lay bituminous surfaces. While they are involved in most civil construction projects, Pavement Layers are typically found on projects such as roads, bridges, footpaths, car parks, bike paths, container yards and airport runways. The work is mainly outdoors and requires physical fitness. In the case of road construction, night shifts may be required.

Alternative Titles: Asphalter, Asphalt Worker, Bituminous Surfacing Specialist, Bitumen Worker

Education and Training: One path to becoming a skilled Pavement Layer is through on the job training. You can also become a Pavement Layer through a traineeship or apprenticeship (also known as Australian Apprenticeship). Traineeships/apprenticeships involve a combination of on and off the job training. At this stage there is no educational prerequisite required to enter into a traineeship/apprenticeship, but usually you will have completed a minimum of Year 10.The formal qualification on completion of a traineeship/apprenticeship is Certificate III in Civil Construction (Bituminous Surfacing). This is a nationally recognized qualification.

Employment Opportunities: There are job opportunities for Pavement Layers on projects of varying sizes around the country – in cities and rural areas. Major employers include civil contracting firms and local government authorities. With more training and experience, you could be in line for promotion into a supervisory position such as leading hand or foreman.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation:

Pavement Layers usually start in the industry by carrying out a variety of manual tasks. With experience they can move on to operating a range of specialised machinery such as profile planers, rollers, asphalt pavers and slurry sealing machines. Tasks may include:

  • Safe handling of bituminous materials
  • Hand spreading asphalt
  • Sweeping pavement surfaces in preparation for bituminous surfacing operations
  • Using electronic levelling equipment
  • Operating specialised machinery to spread, and compact asphalt, slurry and other materials
  • Spraying bituminous materials from a purpose built vehicle or by hand

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Be physically fit
  • Have good eyesight and coordination skills
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Be alert and observant