Job DescriptionCEMENT AND CONCRETE FINISHER
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What Does a Cement and Concrete Finisher Do?
Cement and concrete finishers are responsible to pour, smooth, and finish surfaces such as walkways, roads, curbs, walls, etc. They accomplish this by using an assortment of hand tools and power tools.
Concrete finishers typically will spread, level, and smooth out concrete surfaces using hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, rake, etc. Other responsibilities may include molding expansion joints and edges, inspecting completed work, setting up and positioning forms or molds, spreading concrete, and finishing concrete surfaces.
- Spreading, leveling, smoothing concrete.
- Using various hand and power tools.
- Inspecting finished concrete work.
- Monitoring temperature effects on concrete.
- Positioning molds and forms.
- Finishing concrete surfaces.
If you enter the trade through a formal apprenticeship, you’ll have to meet the various qualifications that specific apprenticeship has. If you decide to enter the trade of concrete finishing through an informal training, such as learning on the job and working for a private company, then there are no explicit qualifications needed.
- Concrete tool operation.
- Ability to lift 50lbs.
- Mixing and pouring concrete.
- Knowledge to inspect finished work.
- Directing equipment drivers/trucks.
There are no specific educational requirements for this position. However, employers may require you to have a high school diploma or G.E.D. As with all construction trades, an ability to read and perform basic math are important to help you progress and safely perform your job.
Apprenticeships require a high school degree.
How Much Does a Cement and Concrete Finisher Make?
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How do I become a cement and concrete finisher?
You can become a concrete finisher either by working for a company who will informally train you, as you learn over time, or you can enter into a formal apprenticeship. From that position, you can take on a number of positions, including concrete foreman, and more.
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