Asphalt Plant Operator

Keeping the asphalt plant running is the main duty of a plant operator. (Image courtesy of Pitlik & Wick)

An asphalt plant operator is part of the hot mix asphalt production team.

Plant operators run the structural, mechanical and electrical systems in the asphalt plant.

They also oversee daily plant activities, including production, maintenance, service, record keeping, administration and equipment repair.

They are an important part of the first step in producing high-quality asphalt.

Education requirements
High school graduate, GED, or higher
Industry training

Other requirements
Good mechanical skills
Basic computer skills
Team player

Work environment
Seasonal work
Day/night shifts and long hours during paving season
Physical activity (for equipment maintenance)

$18 to $20 per hour