Careers in Asphalt

Below is a listing of various industry jobs.  Click here for a description of the minimum job requirements general expectations for each position.

We also have a Google Slides Demo showcasing the careers in asphalt.

HAPI also provides a listing of open positions at our member companies.

Accountant – Under direction of a supervisor may coordinate the preparation of payroll, processing of invoices, timekeeping, maintaining equipment reports, and the like.  Assists in the preparation of cash flow statements, general ledgers, reconciliations, etc.  May assist in the internal auditing of the accounting and administrative functions.

Accounting Clerk – Performs routine accounting tasks to process accounts payable and/or accounts receivable.  Receives or process payments and invoices.  May prepare bank deposits, perform reconciliations, schedule payments, determine cost coding, or generate checks. May also perform basic payroll processing and may be involved with investigating and resolving account discrepancies.

Administrative Assistant – Provides administrative support to department or executive.  Responsible for preparing letters, memos, reports, and other written documents for signature.  Maintains calendars, schedules appointment and meetings, makes travel arrangements and coordinates or handles all associated tasks. Receives and screens incoming communications, handles routine responses or refers complex matters to appropriate individuals.

Contracts Administrator – Performs routine or non-routine contract administration activities which require standardized and prescribed methods, or selection and application of conventional contracting techniques and concepts.  Prepares bid packages including instructions, specifications, interface requirements or bid inquiries.  May be involved with the administration of change orders, back charges, extras, etc., and may assist in reviewing technical specifications of inquiry packages for cost, commercial and technical accuracy.

Craft/Trades Worker – Performs journey-level work in a specific area.  May supervise helpers.  May assist with planning the process for the scope of a job and give input on time and material needs for the project.

Environmental Specialist – Establishes and/or maintains an Environmental Management System field audit program and performs regular audits to ensure environmental compliance.  Reports discrepancies at the appropriate management level.  Completes and submits reports as required by government agencies. May coordinate or conduct training of internal staff.

Equipment Operator – Operates motorized equipment safely on all types of terrain, observing all traffic or project conditions.  Adjusts equipment according to operating conditions to ensure that job specifications are met.  Performs equipment checks and maintains assigned equipment as required by company procedures.  Follows DoT and OSHA regulations as well as company safety policies.

Estimator – Gathers, calculates and compiles data for use in conceptual/bid proposal estimates and prepares routine estimates under general supervision.  Maintains current, accurate information on prices from suppliers and contractors through direct contact and written materials, sales brochures, price lists, etc.  Work is often impacted by critical deadlines.

Human Resources Administrator – Plans, implements and oversees all human resources functions which may include recruitment, employment, benefits administration, performance reviews, compensation administration, employee/labor relations and organization analysis.  Develops and administers company policies and procedures to ensure consistent, non-discriminatory employment practices.  Establishes and implements data collection, recordkeeping and reporting systems to ensure legal compliance.

Laborer – Performs a variety of simple and routine manual tasks involving recurring, arduous physical effort.  Unskilled tasks may be outdoors involving physical strength and coordination over a sustained period of time.  May load/unload trucks, move heavy materials by hand truck or dolly, sort and stack materials, dig ditches and trenches, move loads of asphalt, concrete, sand or similar materials, or break up pavement, concrete, stone or earth.

Mechanic – Performs journey worker level mechanic work in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of gas or diesel motorized equipment.  Diagnoses mechanical issues and disassembles, overhauls and reassembles engines, standard and automatic transmissions, clutches, and rear ends . . . . . . . . .May use welding equipment, lathes, drill presses, etc.

Office Manager – Develops and maintains all accounting and administrative functions at a project including the preparation of payroll, accounts payable, equipment rental, expendable material purchases and receiving.  May be responsible for multiple roles including preparing pay estimates, cost reports, monitoring subcontractor costs, new employee sign-ups, and the preparation of back charges.

Payroll Clerk – Follows standard procedures in making a variety of system entries and computations from timecards or computer entries.  Enters rate changes, computes total hours and distributes or allocates costs.  May include calculating total earnings, overtime, taxes, withholding for premiums and other similar factors.  May include coordinating with an outside payroll service to produce calculations, print checks and prepare payroll reports.

Project Engineer – Plans, monitors and supervises specific, on-site project activities, maintaining contact with Project Manager and owner regarding project progress and changes.  Ensures project engineering activities comply with company and client requirements, providing interpretation of plans and specifications, resolving questions and problems as they arise.  Coordinates change orders, expedites material, prepares project estimates, maintains project cost control, and initiates close-out activities and similar functions.

Quality Control Manager – Plans, directs and coordinates all worksite QC activities to ensure compliance with company requirements and government regulations.  Establishes internal and external audit procedures and conducts audits or may supervise technicians to ensure that QC requirements are met.  Gives final approval of all work output.

Safety Administrator – Develops implements and oversees all safety-related programs.  Analyzes need and determines specifications for protective safety equipment and gear.  Oversees or conducts safety inspections, investigates safety incidents in accordance with established procedures, and maintains records to produce reports to comply with legal and internal procedures.  May develop and/or conduct safety training programs.

Shop Superintendent – Supervises journeyman mechanics in maintaining a wide range of heavy construction equipment.  Enforces shop safety.  May give input related to inventory, equipment costs, and parts, tools and equipment purchasing.  Coordinates equipment use and availability with affected departments.

Superintendent – Supervises craft activities in a particular work area and coordinates project specs and plans with field engineers.  Collaborates with other departments to ensure all required materials, equipment and inspections support project schedules.

Truck Driver – Drives a motor truck of varying gross vehicle weights (GVW), usually requiring a specified commercial driver’s license (CDL).  May or may not participate in loading or unloading.  Responsible for securing loads using approved devices and methods.


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