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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 9499 5.33 711
United States 51,90058,200 12.11,800 3,7006,130

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.4613.4015.98 19.2924.7433.50
Alaska 26.1418.8620.12 22.2728.2445.74
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.5418.8319.75 21.4123.0625.60
Balance of State 36.1517.3423.48 42.2847.0149.85

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
14526 17.937.1 25.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation42
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation54
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 231
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 23.1

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

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

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

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
Automotive Lift Training

Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Surface Mine Training

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL

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

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