Paving Plant Operators operate plants to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks.

    You can work as a Paving Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in civil construction might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Operates bitumen plant using a range of foot and hand controls focussing on applying paving materials systematically to the area to be paved.

    All Other Mobile Plant Operators

    • $1,375 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Paving Plant Operators

    • 270 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Paving Plant Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 310 in 2011 to 270 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Paving Plant Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction88.3
    Public Administration and Safety7.8
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.7
    Mining1.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePaving Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.731.6
    VIC17.525.6
    QLD27.620.0
    SA5.17.0
    WA13.110.8
    TAS2.92.0
    NT4.01.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPaving Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-246.1-9.39.3
    25-3423.6-22.922.9
    35-4425.9-22.022.0
    45-5428.5-21.621.6
    55-598.4-9.09.0
    60-643.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPaving Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV32.2-21.121.1
    Year 1216.7-18.118.1
    Year 1111.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below36.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Paving Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in civil construction might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • traffic controller licence
    • dangerous goods drivers licence
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • plant or machine operator tickets
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
    • drug and alcohol test
    • first aid certificate
    • medical test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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    Employers look for Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      55% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Building and Construction

      52% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Transportation

      50% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    4. Public Safety and Security

      48% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      47% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2071.00 - Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      95% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    3. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      92% Important

      How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Exposed to Contaminants

      89% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2071.00 - Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators.

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