Pavements and Construction Equipment

Posted: 04/14/2019

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


  • Normal color vision 
  • Qualification to operate a government vehicle 
  • ASVAB score of 40 on Mechanical
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 100 pounds


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training - 69 days at Ft Leonard Wood, MO 
  • College credits earned: Construction Technology  - 16 credits

Related Civilian Careers:

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