More often than not, skilled laborers need to catch a break in the trade industry before they officially find a home. And for some potential workers, searching, applying, and interviewing for trade jobs can be daunting and intimidating. Bituminous Roadways, Inc. is here to help!
Understanding what skilled labor employers look for in applicants and comprehending all the benefits this industry offers can provide the necessary confidence and motivation to seek employment in a field that’s always looking for devoted candidates.
So let us guide you!
BR is a leader in asphalt pavement production, construction, and maintenance. From roadway construction companies to asphalt repair projects, there are ample job opportunities in our industry, along with many advantages of being employed in the trades.
Why Consider Working in the Trades?
With little to no experience, you can build a secure and promising future! Working in the trades means gaining lifelong experience and stability that will help you flourish in your career and personal life.
If you’re searching for a job field that’s seemingly always looking for workers, then looking into the skilled trades industry is an absolute must.
Abundant Job Availability
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, an estimated 75% of construction companies throughout the country are generally struggling to find and employ qualified workers.
In addition to the constant demand for employees, there’s a specific need for younger laborers. Reports indicate that workers aged 45 to 54 account for nearly one-third of the skilled trades workforce.
During a time when unemployment in the U.S. is typically hovering around 6-7%, there is essentially constant employment demand within the skilled trades field.
Immediate Experience With Minimal Requirements
No matter your background or knowledge of work, the skilled trades industry tends to require the least amount of experience or education necessary to obtain employment. For starters, very seldom, if ever, will you find skilled laborer employers requiring a college education for applicants, which means you can find a job without having to put tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
If you are curious about education within the trades industry, trade school is an extremely affordable form of education that will enlighten you about all the skills and expectations associated with the field. On average, a public, two-year trade school degree costs less than $4,000.
If the classroom isn’t your preferred setting, many companies look for apprentices, essentially the equivalent of internships within the skilled trades industry. Getting your foot in the door any way you can will provide you with the appropriate experience needed for most skilled trade jobs.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of working in the trades is receiving compensation for the job itself. According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly half of the top-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree are within the skilled trades industry.
The average skilled laborer earns around $32,000 annually in the U.S. That figure only climbs with the more experience and the longer you work within the industry. The average earnings also represent non-union wages. BR is a union contractor with higher paying union scale wages, PLUS fringe benefits!
When you compare that salary to the 21 years, on average, it takes to ultimately pay off student loans, the return on investment only looks more appetizing!
Strapping Job Security
At the end of the day, skilled trades employers need actual people on the ground to get their work done. Whether it’s employing people from overseas or technological intervention, it’s estimated that more than 300,000 U.S. jobs are outsourced yearly.
However, that number practically excludes any involvement from the trades industry. The need for workers in the trades remains as high as ever.
Once you’ve settled into this field, the sky's the limit regarding where the skilled trades industry can take you!
Find the Right Job Opportunity With Bituminous Roadways
Here at BR, we offer plenty of career opportunities that could be the perfect employment fit for you. If you’re curious whether you would thrive working in the trades, visit our website to view all our current job openings and apply today.
Working in conjunction with machine operators, Asphalt Laborers prepare surfaces for grading or paving. They manually shovel, smooth, lift, pull, and carry any and all asphalt construction materials as required.
Skills of an Asphalt Laborer:
- Problem Solving
- Flexibility & Adaptability
This active job offers many advancement opportunities, paid training, and the growth that comes from facing new challenges every day. Learn more about what it takes to be an Asphalt Laborer.
We have a number of Operator positions at Bituminous Roadways, Inc. Operators are responsible for the function and operation of machines and equipment, so at least 1 year of experience and a valid driver's license is typically preferred.
Operators at BR include:
- Skid Loader Operator
- Backhoe Operator
- Dozer Operator
- Blade Operator
- Milling Operator
- Milling Ground Operator
- Asphalt Roller Operator
- Screed Operator
- Paver Operator
- Distributor/Tack Truck Operato
Operators at BR are part of a crew, meaning they must thrive in a teamwork environment. Learn more about what it means to be an Operator.
Working closely with Field Supervision, GPS Technicians ensure accuracy and assist in project completion and troubleshooting. They have degrees in Civil Engineering or Civil Technician with emphasis on Surveying or AutoCad.
Skills of a GPS Technician:
- Attention to Detail
- Computer Knowledge
- Project Management
- Critical Thinking
- GPS and Rover Technology
This is a vital and ever-expanding role with many opportunities for advancement. Learn what it’s like to be a GPS Technician at BR.
While some people thrive in an office setting, our Drivers excel in hands-on environments that require constant human interaction and physical labor. Whether driving a dump truck or a lowboy, a Driver’s career involves machinery, teamwork, and dedication to producing the best product.
Preferred experience for Drivers:
- Class A license with a current health card (required)
- Familiar with the metro area and truck routes
- Experience hauling over-sized and overweight equipment
- Experience loading and unloading paving, large milling, and dirt equipment
- Able to work overtime and flexible work hours
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Current driver's license with a good record
Above all, Drivers must be reliable, attentive and safety-conscious. Learn what it takes to be a Driver for an asphalt company.
Estimators/Project Managers at BR are experienced, detail-oriented professionals who are adept at prospecting for new clients and job opportunities, preparing bid packages, and building and nurturing strong working relationships.
Because each type of project has unique requirements that necessitate a specialized skill set, we have professionals assigned to four separate areas:
- Street Projects
- Private Projects
- Specialty Projects
- General Contracting Projects
A Construction Management degree or equivalent is preferred. See a day in the life of a BR Estimator/Project Manager.
Overseeing operations on a construction site comes with unique challenges every day. From Paving to Milling to Patch Crew, our Foreman positions hold responsibility for various management tasks.
Above all, a Foreman must:
- Lead and Direct
- Recognize and Achieve Top-Quality Results
- Communicate Effectively
- Have Computer Skills
- Prioritize Safety Measures
Because of our continued expansion, we seek qualified candidates who share our vision, values, and commitment to superior customer service. Learn more about Foreman positions at BR.
BR hires mechanics who are well-versed in the mechanical repair and maintenance of heavy equipment, trucks, and various pieces of construction equipment. They work first or second shift, performing onsite and in-shop equipment repairs in our indoor, temperature-controlled, four-bay shop, as well as a wash bay and dedicated equipment/parts room.
Mechanics at BR:
- Understand and follow established procedures
- Establish and communicate new procedures
- Understand operating principles of machinery
- Take responsibility for keeping machinery useful
- Watch carefully for problems and potential problems
- Use judgment to determine repair priorities
- Create and use routines for maintenance
- Create and maintain accurate records
- Communicate effectively with fellow employees for safety and efficiency
- Maintain credibility and control in unusual situations
Like all positions, Mechanics must live up to our core values of Safety, Quality, Respect, Integrity, and Commitment. Learn what it’s like to be a Mechanic for BR.
How Does BR Work Safe?
Our emphasis on quality and safety drives our strong reputation in the asphalt industry. At BR, safety is our top priority, and we are continually improving and updating our programs and equipment to ensure the highest standards.
Here are just a few examples of how BR works safe:
- BR has developed safety programs our crews enforce and utilize in our day-to-day operations.
- We engage in voluntary periodic inspections that certify us in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) backed programs.
- In addition to daily safety check-ins, once a week, the crews are asked to review a safety topic in the form of a Tool Box Talk (TBT).
- On a monthly basis, BR holds a safety committee meeting which is comprised of employees who work in the field and in the office.
How to Apply
Bituminous Roadways, Inc. is proud to offer our workers the most competitive benefits and accommodating perks you’ll find within our industry. We know our quality and award-winning asphalt paving services are made possible by the hard work and dedication of our committed employees.
Check out this guide on how to apply for a position at BR, then head to our Careers page to get started!