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Cement Work

CONCRETE FINISHER

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WHO WE ARE

Concrete finishers set concrete forms and pour concrete. After it’s poured, they spread, smooth, and finish concrete. They may also work to repair and preserve existing concrete structures.

 

WHAT WE DO

  • Set concrete forms

  • Spread out & smooth freshly poured concrete walls, floors or sidewalks

  • Place fixtures such as steel plates, anchor bolts, & door sills into freshly poured concrete

  • Safely operate a power vibrator to make sure concrete is compacted

  • Repair & preserve concrete structures

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WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Residential, commercial, industrial sites

  • Outdoors or indoors

  • Work mostly at ground level

  • Requires bending, kneeling, lifting

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WHERE DO WE WORK

  • Self-employ

  • Residential/commercial construction

  • Masonry contractors

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WORK SCHEDULE

  • Weather can impact construction timelines.

  • Work less in winter, more in summer

  • Overtime is common. Work can be fast-paced, and a project finishing concrete cannot just be stopped and picked up the next day - it's done with it's done!

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WHAT IT TAKES

EDUCATION

  • High school diploma or equivalency

  • On the job training

  • Apprenticeship

SKILLS

  • Team player

  • Problem-solving

  • Ability to work on feet or kneeling all day

  • Ability to lift heavy materials

  • Willingness to work long hours

  • Understanding of the hand-held & power tools required

 

AVERAGE SALARY:

$54,910

If you like to...

  • Work outdoors?

  • Use your strength and coordination on the job?

  • Work with your hands?

  • Master the use of a variety of tools and equipment?

...then a career in concrete finishing might be for you!

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