ABOUT Some highway contractors are large enough to run their own asphalt plant. The Plant Operator
is in charge of operating the machinery in the plant, as well as maintaining them and making
DUTIES Operates the machine’s panelboard to heat, dry and mix ingredients to produce asphalt and concrete
and controls the feeding, crushing and sifting machinery in the sand and gravel plant. Carefully
observes gauges and dials to ensure proper processing and repairs machinery, if necessary. Coordinates
efforts with co-workers.
WORK CONDITIONS Work is inside the asphalt plant. The normal workweek is 40 hours (eight hours a day for five days).
However, some projects may require night, weekend, holiday work and overtime.
TRAINING Many operators learn on the job. Others complete a formal apprenticeship or attend a trade school
to learn how to operate the equipment. There is no certificate or special license needed.
SALARY According to ZipRecruiter 2019 salary information, the average salary for nearly 77 percent of those working as asphalt plant operators is $42,500.
GENERAL Salary ranges in Georgia based upon information provided by Georgia highway contractors. These figures are averages and may vary from region to region within the state. With overtime, many workers earn well beyond the averages.
ASPHALT PLANT OPERATOR AVERAGE WAGES
Below are some general hourly wages and annual salary ranges for asphalt plant operator jobs in Georgia. These figures are averages and may vary from region to region within the state.