Mastic asphalters use a mixture of limestone and bitumen to create tough, waterproof surfaces.

The Role
  • Assessing a site
  • Working out how much asphalt is needed
  • Preparing the area
  • Pouring and spreading, and sealing joints
  • Applying a surface finish such as sand-rubbed, polished, crimped, tiled or reflective to surfaces
  • Working for specialist contractors, either as staff or hired labour on all sorts of projects
  • A newly trained mastic asphalter can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience mastic asphalters can earn in the region of £20,000 -£35,000.00
  • Self employed mastic asphalters can set their own rates
Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Qualifications & Training
Some employers may want you to have GCSEs (or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate) in English, Maths and Design and Technology or the BTEC Certificate to qualify. Some experience of working on a building site can be useful in getting a foot in the door, but it’s not essential. If you haven’t worked in construction, think about being a labourer to start with. Then your boss may train you in asphalting. An apprenticeship is a good way to start your career as a mastic asphalter. Entry to an apprenticeship scheme usually involves taking a selection test. As an apprentice, you study for NVQ Level 2 and 3. To find an apprenticeship visit the Government's website, or Careers Wales in Wales. The Institute of Roofing offers its own qualifications, and will be able to offer you help and advice. With on the job and off the job training, you would work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Roofing Occupations (Construction) at Levels 2 and 3 and Applied Waterproof Membranes (Construction) (Built Up Bituminous Roofing) Level 2 (SCQF level 5).