Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators (47-2071)

Occupation description:  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. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 8386 3.60 22
United States 57,70063,000 9.2530 1,3801,910

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.6812.2814.88 18.4024.4233.10
Alaska 32.5517.7222.51 38.0643.2946.21

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
13633 24.333.9 26.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation47
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation12
UI claimants previously working in occupation72
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 222
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 22.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

 Degree
Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust   (Palmer)
Heavy Equipment Operator

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Applied Technology AAS

 Degree
Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Surface Mining

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement
Heavy Equipment Operations Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Construction Equipment Training/Pro Truck Driver/COMBO503 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Certificate