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Segmental Pavers
SOC Code: 47-4091.00

Lay out, cut, and place segmental paving units. Includes installers of bedding and restraining materials for the paving units.

Sample of reported job titles: Cutter, Paver, Paver Installer, Paver Layer, Paving Stone Installer, Segmental Wall Installer


  • Prepare base for installation by removing unstable or unsuitable materials, compacting and grading the soil, draining or stabilizing weak or saturated soils and taking measures to prevent water penetration and migration of bedding sand.
  • Supply and place base materials, edge restraints, bedding sand and jointing sand.
  • Discuss the design with the client.
  • Set pavers, aligning and spacing them correctly.
  • Sweep sand into the joints and compact pavement until the joints are full.
  • Screed sand level to an even thickness, and recheck sand exposed to elements, raking and rescreeding if necessary.
  • Cut paving stones to size and for edges, using a splitter and a masonry saw.
  • Compact bedding sand and pavers to finish the paved area, using a plate compactor.
  • Design paver installation layout pattern and create markings for directional references of joints and stringlines.
  • Sweep sand from the surface prior to opening to traffic.
  • Resurface an outside area with cobblestones, terracotta tiles, concrete or other materials.
  • Cement the edges of the paved area.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Depiction Software Hardscape Imaging; UNI-GROUP Lockpave Pro
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Decorative Software Online Visualizers; Depiction Software Deco-Con
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Project management software - Depiction Software Deco-Con Estimating

Tools Used

  • Backhoes
  • Carts - Paver carts
  • Cement retainers - Screed rails
  • Chain saw - Chainsaws
  • Chalk lines - Chalk line markers
  • Chip Spreaders - Paver brooms
  • Cold chisels - Paver block splitters
  • Concrete spreaders - Sand screeding equipment
  • Demolition hammers
  • Dump trucks
  • Dust collectors
  • Edgers - Paving edgers
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders - Wheeled front end loaders
  • Grapples - Fork-grapples
  • Hammers - Rubber hammers
  • Hoists - Material hoists; Vacuum lifters
  • Levels - Laser levels
  • Lifting hooks - Slab lifters
  • Loading equipment - Lifting spreaders
  • Mallets - Hardscape mallets
  • Metal cutters - Bandcutters
  • Miter saw - Chop saws
  • Mobile excavators - Mini excavators
  • Pallet trucks - Pallet wagons
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Grout mixers
  • Pneumatic hammer - Jackhammers
  • Power blowers - Leaf blowers
  • Power grinders - Stone grinders
  • Power saws - Masonry saws; Table saws
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Pressure washers
  • Pry bars - Paver adjusters
  • Pullers - Paver extractors; Paver pullers; Slide hammers
  • Rakes - Base rakes
  • Scribers - Paver scribers
  • Scrubbing machines - Paver washers; Power brooms
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Squares - Paver layout squares
  • Tower cranes - Material moving cranes
  • Vibratory plates - Vibratory plate compactors


  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.


  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 86% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 64% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 67% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather
  • Coordinate or Lead Others
  • Duration of Typical Work Week
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 82% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 88% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 84% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 37% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 91% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 36% responded “Very important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 86% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 61% responded “Important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 67% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 60% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 39% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 63% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 59% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 30% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 33% responded “About half the time.”
  • Level of Competition - 39% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Spend Time Sitting


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
59%High school diploma or equivalent
31%Post-secondary certificate
7%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.29 hourly, $38,040 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 2,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 300

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