Profession asphalt laboratory technician

Asphalt laboratory technicians perform asphalt and related raw materials inspections and laboratory testing, ensuring a high quality of the products. They also participate in coming up with resolutions to technical issues on construction sites.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Asphalt mixes

    The properties, advantages and disadvantages of asphalt mixes such as Marshall and Superpave mixes and the way they are best applied.

Skills

  • Test concrete

    Test concrete hardness so that it is according to specifications and ready to be removed from moulds.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Supervise laboratory operations

    Supervise the staff working in a laboratory, as well as oversee that equipment is functional and maintained, and procedures occur in compliance with regulations and legislation.

  • Supervise site maintenance

    Supervise the clean-up and maintenance of a specific site in order to ensure it is fit for purpose.

  • Write inspection reports

    Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection's processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.

  • Inspect asphalt

    Inspect the placement of asphalt concrete ensuring that the specifications are met and no flows are present.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Run laboratory simulations

    Run simulations on prototypes, systems or newly developed chemical products using laboratory equipment.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Check quality of raw materials

    Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.

Optional knowledge and skills

civil engineering set up temporary construction site infrastructure conduct soil sample tests construction methods construction industry follow health and safety procedures in construction