Reference Quantity: ST0693

Particulars of normal


Street Surfacing Operative (RSO) is a multi-disciplined position vital to the nation’s infrastructure. RSOs are liable for the surfacing, resurfacing and enchancment of huge stretches of the general public and privately owned freeway community, overlaying all street varieties from motorways to residential streets. Roughly 20 million tonnes of asphalt is laid annually by RSOs. Operatives work in a variety of various environments and can spend nearly all of time outdoors.

Typical duties embrace: the operation of a variety of specialist plant equipment similar to planers, asphalt pavers, emulsified bitumen sprayers and compacting rollers; the removing of previous/present surfaces utilizing a mechanical breakup course of; the visible inspection and preparation of the underlying floor to obtain new surfacing materials; the resurfacing of the ready space utilizing a spread of street surfacing equipment typically overlaying huge areas; the alignment after which compaction of the brand new floor; and the visible inspection and testing of the brand new floor to make sure full compliance with the required design.

RSOs will work as a part of a crew, often called a gang, of between 8 and 14 folks directed by a foreman and/or supervisor. Operatives will carry out a number of roles inside the gang together with machine driver, machine operator, curler driver, rake hand, planer driver, and planer operator. In addition to being glorious crew gamers, RSOs should develop a safety-first angle, studying easy methods to perform works with out threat to themselves, others or the atmosphere. They have to even be adaptable, ready for outside working and quite a lot of shift patterns so as to minimise disruption to the street consumer and travelling public.

Employers of all sizes exist inside this business, from small enterprises operating a single gang to multi-national organisations concerned in operations throughout quite a few international locations and continents.


Street Surfacing Operatives are required to know and perceive:

  • The assorted street surfacing methods together with the applying and use of primers, epoxy or thermoplastic resins, bituminous emulsions, and varied kinds of combination together with their limitations and traits.
  • work in accordance with the Nationwide Freeway Sector Schemes, Business Codes of Observe, the New Roads & Road Works Act and different steering related to the occupation.
  • Duties beneath related laws together with the Well being and Security at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Office Tools 1998 and Handbook Dealing with Operations rules 1992.
  • Danger assessments, methodology statements and different official steering required so as to undertake work.
  • The construction of the freeway, civil engineering strategies together with the rules of water drainage and building know-how.
  • Plant and equipment similar to planers, floating screed pavers, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and enormous hydraulic breakers and their appropriate utilization.
  • Powered items and instruments similar to disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws, compactor plates, self propelled rollers and hand instruments and their appropriate utilization.
  • Completely different street classes and kinds and building supplies acceptable to every along with related working strategies.
  • Drawings, plans and specs so as to establish what works are required.
  • Site visitors administration techniques and easy methods to work safely inside them.
  • The rules of measurement and easy methods to apply them.


On completion the Street Surfacing Operative will be capable of:

  • Lay and compact street surfaces utilizing all types of asphalt and ancillary productssuch as bond coat and bituminous jointing compounds, in accordance with related specs and business greatest practise.
  • Put together and function giant specialist resurfacing plant and equipment similar to  planers to take away the present floor, floating screed pavers laying asphalt, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and enormous hydraulic breakers.
  • Put together and function powered items and instruments  similar to disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws and compactor plates.
  • Perform the excavation (planing) and reinstatement of the freeway, set up road ironworks.
  • Determine, find and excavate round underground providers to keep away from strikes and lack of service.
  • Apply acceptable well being, security,  environmental and ecological procedures when engaged on the roads, together with the motion, storage, lifting and dealing with of assets.
  • Plan, undertake and examine work safely, effectively and productively.
  • Learn, interpret and work to drawings, specs and highways info.
  • Work safely inside short-term visitors administration (utilising sterile security zones, visitors lights, signage, cones and limitations) as required by laws and business requirements to guard all events while works are undertaken.
  • Talk successfully utilizing oral and written communication strategies.
  • Work successfully inside a crew atmosphere, cooperating and supporting crew members when required.
  • Use personal time successfully so as to constantly full work on time to agreed programmes.


Street Surfacing Operatives are required to:

  • Promote a constructive security tradition within the working atmosphere.
  • Be well mannered and courteous when coping with colleagues, purchasers and the general public.
  • Apply equality, range and inclusion in coping with others.
  • Present a willingness to be adaptable, adjusting to altering work directions.
  • Show the arrogance to withstand pressures to work following unsafe practices.



Typical length is 15-18 months. 

English and Maths:

People with out Degree 1 in English and Maths might want to obtain this degree and take the take a look at for Degree 2 English and Maths previous to taking the end-point evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion, the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3. A British Signal Language qualification is a substitute for English {qualifications} for these for whom that is their main language.  

Commonplace Assessment:

This normal will probably be reviewed after three years.

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