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Pavements and Construction Equipment

Overview: Pavements and Construction Equipment personnel construct runways and airfields in remote global locations in addition to maintaining facilities already in use. They are the heavy construction equipment operators in the Air Force Reserve and their training and on-the-job experience translates into excellent civilian opportunities. These personnel are also trained and experienced in the use of explosives.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Construct and maintain concrete and asphalt runways, parking aprons and roads 
  • Operate and maintain heavy construction equipment including loaders, graders, bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks plus tractor-trailer combinations 
  • Determine materials and equipment requirements and prepare construction cost estimates  
  • Design demolition projects; place and detonate explosives


  • HS diploma or GED. Completion of courses in general science, shop mechanics and use of drawings is desirable.
  • Normal color vision 
  • Possess a valid state driver's license to operate a government vehicle 
  • ASVAB score of 40 on Mechanical


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Construction Equipment Operators 
  • Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators 
  • Highway Maintenance Workers 
  • Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts and Blasters