|Reports to||Asphalt Foreman|
The Screed Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the screed and to place the asphalt matt as per the required specifications.
- Two to three years of experience paving in the Road Construction Industry
- Working knowledge of Asphalt and related materials
- Working knowledge of methods, techniques and equipment used in Asphalt
- Valid Driver’s License
- Clean Driver’s Abstract (less than three convictions & less than 7 demerits)
- Must have the physical strength, stamina and coordination to complete the assigned duties
- Must be able to lift and carry up to 50lbs. independently; more than 50lbs. with assistance
- Withstand working outside, on uneven ground, for long periods of time in different weather conditions
- Be able to stand, walk, bend, crouch for long periods of time
- Complete repetitive tasks for the duration of each shift
Duties and Responsibilities
- Health, Safety and Environment
- To be knowledgeable of and adhere to the company’s health, safety and environmental program. This includes Polices, Safe Work Practices, Procedures, Rules and applicable OH&S Legislation.
- Participate in the HS&E program to ensure a safe work environment is maintained by identifying and controlling hazards, attending Health and Safety meetings, site inspections and report any infractions or deficiencies to your Supervisor.
- Ensure the safety of yourself, co-workers and the public by conducting site safety hazard assessments and implement control measures, operating equipment as per manufactures, company and regulatory requirements as they apply to your job.
- To be a competent worker & operator by completing required training, review and understand your job/task hazards, having authority to operate lawfully while adhering to company and equipment manufactures safe operating procedures and maintenance schedules.
- Review and understand locate sheets for each jobsite prior to commencing any work activities.
- Adhere to the manufactures operator’s manual which outlines, safety features, operations, technical specifications and maintenance schedules.
- Perform daily equipment, maintenance and site safety checks, as per company and manufactures specifications and complete required documentation.
- Prior to each shift ensure the screed is clean and properly adjusted for the type of paving to be completed. – Crown, cross-slope, etc. Spray the approved biodegradable release agent on all moving parts and any parts that will come in contact with the mix.
- Monitor temperature settings to adjust the asphalt mixture continually. Ensure screed is heated to 107C – 135 C (225F-275F) to prevent asphalt from sticking and tearing which may cause damage to the screed plate, frame and other components.
- Adjust the screed paving reference components to the project specs, paving, width, depth (thickness), grade and slope. Use the proper guidelines to allow for compaction of the mix (roll-down-factor) and “null” the screed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- Establish the screed-plate angle of attack, position of pre-strike-off plates, and other components. Ensure proper contact between gates and the paving surface. Adjust springs and chains for clearance.
- Work with the paver operator to fill the auger chamber. Establish and maintain a uniform head of material within 25 mm tolerance.
- Using the designated reference materials, operate and monitor the grade system and, if applicable, the slope of the system. Check mat thickness and adjust controls as needed to maintain yield. Remember: Let the screed achieve equilibrium before making additional adjustments. This typically requires the screed to travel at least two times the tow arm length or the length of the paver.
- Observe distribution of asphalt along screed and control the direction of the screed to eliminate voids.
- Be able to troubleshoot problems and make the necessary adjustments concerning the asphalt during paving operations.
- Assist the paver operator in attaching extensions to screed to adjust width.
- Assist crew with site preparation and any other activity as needed.
- Human Resources
- Have and promote a professional, positive image and attitude when working with the public, customers and co-workers.
- Promote a team approach by maintaining an open dialogue with all employees and exchange information and ideas for improving the safety and production of the team.
- Collaborate with other project teams and help with special initiatives, as required.
- Assist in the training of new employees in the safe and efficient operation of equipment, tools, worker tasks and site safety.
- To be knowledgeable of, and adhere to the company’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.