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Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€20k > 34
Road Worker
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 34
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Operates 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


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The Work header image

As a road worker or highways operative, you would help build and repair roads and motorways. You might also excavate trenches, lay drains, kerbs and pipes, and paint road markings.

If you are physically fit, and would like a practical job working outside, this could suit you. In this job you would need to be able to follow instructions closely and work well in a team. You may have to be available to work evenings and weekends.

There aren't any specific entry requirements to get into this job, although some employers may want you to have some experience in construction, for example as a labourer. A college course in construction could help you to get some of the skills needed for this job.

Mastic Asphalters

Mastic asphalters spread hot, mastic asphalt onto a wide variety of surfaces. Preperation work includes measuring the site and calculating the amount and type of asphalt required. Then they arrange for the delivery of materials and equipment which include boilers and mixers as well as hand tools or automated machinery to smooth the finished surface. After clearing and cleaning the site they lay the asphalt to the correct depth and seals the joints. Some surfaces may have a further finish such as tiles or gravel.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, or steel-reinforce stone, concrete, or asphalt on road beds.

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Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow, and indicate low spots for workers to add material.

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Control traffic.

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Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.

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Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.

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Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.

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Start machine, engage clutch, and push and move levers to guide machine along forms or guidelines and to control the operation of machine attachments.

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Fill tanks, hoppers, or machines with paving materials.

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Set up and tear down equipment.

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Coordinate truck dumping.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Transportation: Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a road worker you should have:

  • a good level of fitness
  • practical skills
  • the ability to follow written and spoken instructions
  • good teamworking skills
  • a willingness to work flexibly when required
  • an awareness of health and safety.


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Go..Highways Cleaner - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Road Worker - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 406 6000
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Organisation: Mastic Asphalt Council
Address: PO Box 77, Hastings TN35 4WL, UK
Tel: + 44 1424 814 400
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