The military of the United States is one of the most mobile and fluid of any standing force in the world. As such, the need for new construction and remodeling of existing structures, roadways, and airfields is a constant concern. The Concrete and Asphalt specialist working in the Army is responsible for dams, roads, airfields, and buildings that require the construction and creation of concrete and asphalt structures. Many of these types of construction cannot be made without moving at times tons of earth, and making new surfaces using asphalt and concrete. Construction equipment materials and operators are constantly needed in operating and maintaining graders, cranes, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment for these projects.
Asphalt and concrete equipment operators are responsible of operating and supervising all the different types of equipment used in asphalt and concrete paving and production. Duties that are involved in construction and concrete and asphalt repair paving may entail production of concrete with a mixer, assisting in surfacing and asphalt paving application, operating aggregate spreaders, asphalt kettles, and asphalt distributors, maintenance and operation of mobile and fixed asphalt production plants, and assisting in planning and completion of combat engineer type missions.
The training for an Army Asphalt and Concrete specialist involves basic combat training for 9 weeks, and 12 weeks of individual advance training. Training will be in simulated combat conditions and also in classroom training. Part of the training time will be spend in learning the repair and maintenance of different types of equipment that will be used in this job, and also how to operate various types of concrete and asphalt production equipment. If you have any experience in using heavy construction type equipment, and if you enjoy working outdoors this may be a good job specialty for you. Advanced level Asphalt and Concrete specialists are involved in setting up and operating asphalt equipment on specific job tasked construction details, and operating advanced plants for the production of aggregate and asphalt construction materials.
This is a job that works well with the military apprenticeship program, as it dovetails nicely with different civilian based department of labor 3 year engineer apprenticeship programs. The military is able to help you meet up to 50 percent of the requirements for civilian apprenticeship while serving on active full time military duty, and this can give you a huge advantage when you are done with Army service.