Segmental Paver  What They Do

Just the Facts


Lays out, cuts, and places segmental paving units. Includes installers of bedding and restraining materials for the paving units.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares 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.
  • Supplies and places base materials, edge restraints, bedding sand and jointing sand.
  • Discusses the design with the client.
  • Sets pavers, aligning and spacing them correctly.
  • Sweeps sand into the joints and compacts pavement until the joints are full.
  • Screeds sand level to an even thickness, and rechecks sand exposed to elements, raking and rescreeding if necessary.
  • Cuts paving stones to size and for edges, using a splitter and a masonry saw.
  • Compacts bedding sand and pavers to finish the paved area, using a plate compactor.
  • Designs paver installation layout pattern and creates markings for directional references of joints and stringlines.
  • Sweeps sand from the surface prior to opening to traffic.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cutter --
  • Paver --
  • Paver Installer --
  • Paver Layer --
  • Paving Stone Installer --
  • Segmental Wall Installer --