paver or asphalt layer job

Who is an paver or asphalt layer and what do they do? The job involves laying a brick, stone, asphalt or tarred surface on pavements, roads and other surfaces.

What are the activities of the paver or asphalt layer job? These include: measuring and tracing the area to be paved, laying and repair of paths, pavements and roads using pavers, brick or blocks of different sizes, placing kerb stones, making foundations, levelling, placing and repairing heavy duty paving from quarry rock, putting down cast asphalt surfaces, laying isolating and protective asphalt floor strips, placing tarmacadam mixtures on to roads and pavements, placing asphalt layers by tar spraying, cutting and forming of natural rock, stones, plates, shaped pavers, brick and concrete cubes and other materials.

Where is it done and under what conditions? The job is done mainly outdoors where working conditions can involve heat (e.g. from boiling asphalt or tar), contact with chemicals, and bad weather.

What tools/equipment do they use? The most commonly used tools are hand tools (hammers, mallets, chisels, gauges) and standard tools for civil engineering construction, asphalt/tar boilers, asphalt transport bins, etc.) plus manual skills. The main materials are tar/asphalt and paving blocks.

What do you need to succeed? You need apprentice training, dexterity, physical fitness, ability to work in a team, some aesthetic sense, patience and precision.