road crew

road crew

Job Description

A member of a construction road crew lays new road or fills in holes on old roads. They work under the supervision of a qualified gang boss who is responsible for the project.

Road crew work may involve the operation of applicable plant machinery, depending on your qualifications.


Required NVQ

Red CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Green CSCS Card

NVQ Level 1

Blue CSCS Card

NVQ Level 2

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have good communication skills, great physical fitness and can understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Average Salary

£15,000 - £30,000

Required Skills

  • Intuitive ability/mechanical knowledge to accomplish maintenance tasks
  • Up to date awareness on health and safety, particularly if using machinery
  • Advanced communication skills for noisy working environments
  • Consistent work ethic, with the ability to be flexible if required
  • Exemplary conduct when dealing members of the public/moving vehicles

Working Hours


Road crew operatives can expect to work a normal 40 hour week - although the hours can vary quite considerably as work is often performed at night to diminish impact on commuters. Night shift hours mean that hourly rates are higher than other skilled trades.

Qualification Pathways


Road Crew Operative

Level 2 NVQ

Certificate/Diploma in Plant Operations

Career Progression

road crew

Road Planning Operative

Road Crew Supervisor

Project Management



Guide loads safely around a construction site. Check and assess the weight of loads before lifting, and ensure correct slings are being used.


Pilot cranes to lift, move and place objects at specific locations on-site.

Fork-Lift Trucks

Load and unload goods from vehicles and move them to and from working areas.

Road Surfacing

Lay road surfaces or pavements for new or improved vehicle access.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

High-vis jacket


Goggles/eye protection



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