Mastic asphalters apply a hot mixture of limestone and bitumen to a range of surfaces to waterproof, protect and strengthen them.
Mastic asphalt hardens when it cools, so it may be used for roofing, laying floor surfaces such as railway platforms and car parks, lining tanks and swimming pools, as sea or river defences, or more.
How to become a mastic asphalter
There are several routes to becoming a mastic asphalter. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship or on-the-job training.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
College / training provider
While there are no set qualifications required to become a mastic asphalter, having GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A* to C or levels 4 to 9 in maths, English and design technology can be beneficial.
You could complete an apprenticeship to become a mastic asphalter. You could train to become a roofer or road layer and then specialise in working with mastic asphalt.
You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to become an apprentice.
An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience as a roofer or road layer, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience with mastic asphalt.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced mastic asphalter and progress as your abilities improve.
Your employer may assist you to gain professional qualifications from the , to help you progress in your career.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a mastic asphalter.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a mastic asphalter include :
What does a mastic asphalter do?
As a mastic asphalter, you will be responsible for laying hot mastic asphalt on a range of surfaces. You could work for specialist contractors, either as staff or hired labour on a range of projects.
The role of a mastic asphalter involves the following duties :
What’s it like to be a mastic asphalter?
How much could you earn as a mastic asphalter?
The expected salary for a mastic asphalter varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.