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ASPHALT FOREMAN: It's One Of Those Jobs That's Definitely Always Going To Be Around

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Shane is an Asphalt Foreman, he shares what a typical day looks for him; explains what asphalt is, how it's made and the different ways it can be laid down. He also talks about his career path and why this line of work will always be around.

Job Title: Asphalt Foreman

Job Summary: Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators

Job Description

Paving and surfacing equipment operators control the machines that spread and level asphalt or spread and smooth concrete for roadways or other structures.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Varies by State

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Technical skills, Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Construction Trades
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<span m='10560'>We do our</span> <span m='10870'>layout</span> <span m='11500'>for</span> <span m='12030'>whatever</span> <span m='13140'>the</span> <span m='13220'>operation</span> <span m='13810'>is</span> <span m='13890'>going</span> <span m='14010'>to</span> <span m='14060'>be</span> <span m='14250'>that</span> <span m='14530'>day,</span> <span m='14950'>and</span> <span m='15170'>then</span> <span m='15330'>we</span> <span m='15890'>get</span> <span m='16040'>our</span> <span m='16290'>equipment</span> <span m='16560'>fired</span> <span m='16980'>up,</span> <span m='17320'>and</span> <span m='17430'>get</span> <span m='17560'>the</span> <span m='17630'>crew</span> <span m='17890'>all</span> <span m='18060'>together.</span> <span m='19590'>And</span> <span m='20260'>whatever</span> <span m='20580'>materials</span> <span m='21100'>we</span> <span m='21230'>need,</span> <span m='21530'>we</span> <span m='21640'>get</span> <span m='22260'>ordered and</span> <span m='22740'>make</span> <span m='22900'>sure</span> <span m='23040'>everything's</span> <span m='23470'>all</span> <span m='23650'>lined</span> <span m='24010'>up</span> <span m='24270'>and</span> <span m='24460'>ready</span> <span m='24690'>to</span> <span m='24760'>go.</span> </p><p><span m='25750'>It is</span> <span m='25900'>a</span> <span m='25990'>hot</span> <span m='26840'>aggregate</span> <span m='27350'>mix</span> <span m='27650'>with</span> <span m='27860'>a</span> <span m='28040'>sand and</span> <span m='28510'>oil</span> <span m='28870'>and</span> <span m='29010'>gravel,</span> <span m='29620'>and</span> <span m='30440'>it's</span> <span m='30710'>made</span> <span m='30950'>at</span> <span m='31050'>the</span> <span m='31500'>asphalt</span> <span m='32000'>plant.</span> <span m='32560'>And</span> <span m='33010'>trucks</span> <span m='33600'>bring it</span> <span m='33690'>out</span> <span m='33920'>to</span> <span m='34080'>us</span> <span m='34400'>and</span> <span m='34680'>we</span> <span m='35010'>you</span> <span m='35420'>lay</span> <span m='35690'>it down</span> <span m='36000'>with</span> <span m='36160'>the</span> <span m='36260'>paver.</span> <span m='36820'>There's a</span> <span m='37260'>couple</span> <span m='37520'>different</span> <span m='37840'>kinds.</span> <span m='38280'>Or</span> <span m='38510'>we can</span> <span m='38720'>do it by</span> <span m='38910'>hand.</span> <span m='40025'>It's</span> <span m='40400'>about</span> <span m='40690'>350</span> <span m='41480'>degrees</span> <span m='41900'>or</span> <span m='42010'>so</span> <span m='42400'>when</span> <span m='42560'>it</span> <span m='42610'>comes</span> <span m='42950'>to</span> <span m='43160'>us.</span> <span m='43680'>My</span> <span m='44290'>father's</span> <span m='44760'>in</span> <span m='44870'>this</span> <span m='45050'>field</span> <span m='45300'>also,</span> <span m='45790'>so</span> <span m='46010'>it's</span> <span m='46140'>kind</span> <span m='46420'>of</span> <span m='46560'>a</span> <span m='46710'>family</span> <span m='47170'>thing.</span> <span m='47850'>I</span> <span m='47930'>turned</span> <span m='48250'>18</span> <span m='48890'>and</span> <span m='49040'>decided</span> <span m='49520'>I</span> <span m='49600'>needed</span> <span m='50080'>something</span> <span m='51840'>that</span> <span m='52000'>was</span> <span m='52130'>going</span> <span m='52250'>to</span> <span m='52320'>better</span> <span m='52620'>me</span> <span m='52770'>in</span> <span m='52870'>the</span> <span m='52960'>future</span> <span m='53390'>since</span> <span m='53640'>I</span> <span m='53820'>didn't</span> <span m='54200'>go</span> <span m='54340'>to</span> <span m='54440'>college,</span> <span m='55170'>like</span> <span m='55410'>I</span> <span m='55450'>probably</span> <span m='55760'>should</span> <span m='56020'>have,</span> <span m='56420'>but</span> <span m='56910'>it has</span> <span m='57320'>been</span> <span m='57560'>a</span> <span m='57680'>good</span> <span m='58010'>career</span> <span m='58310'>so</span> <span m='58560'>far.</span> <span m='59050'>It's</span> <span m='59810'>lots</span> <span m='60260'>of</span> <span m='60310'>room to grow.</span> </p><p><span m='61130'>There's</span> <span m='61470'>definitely</span> <span m='61750'>a high</span> <span m='61940'>demand</span> <span m='62390'>for</span> <span m='62610'>it.</span> <span m='62650'>It's</span> <span m='62820'>one</span> <span m='62970'>of</span> <span m='63020'>those</span> <span m='63220'>jobs</span> <span m='63560'>that</span> <span m='63700'>it</span> <span m='63770'>might</span> <span m='63990'>slow</span> <span m='64250'>down,</span> <span m='64519'>but</span> <span m='64670'>it's</span> <span m='64819'>definitely</span> <span m='65090'>always</span> <span m='65379'>going</span> <span m='65510'>to</span> <span m='65560'>be</span> <span m='65710'>around</span> <span m='66100'>as</span> <span m='66220'>long</span> <span m='66460'>as</span> 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