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Become A Concrete Finisher

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Working As A Concrete Finisher

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $31,305

    Average Salary

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do At Crowder Constructors Inc.

* Typical Duties include but are not limited to:
* Move discharge chute of truck to direct concrete into forms then spread, level, and smooth concrete, using a rake, come along, shovel, hand, or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float; rough surface with a broom if plan call for it.
* Set forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch, grade, depth.
* Check forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.
* Chip, scrape, and grind high spots, ridges, and rough projections to finish concrete by using pneumatic chisels, power grinders, and/or hand tools.
* Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.
* Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.
* Utilize concrete vibrators to consolidate concrete.
* Must be safety minded and adhere to all safety policies.
* Complete all additional duties as required by supervisor

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do At Texas Employer

* Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.
* Check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.
* Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using rake, shovel, hand or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float.
* Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.
* Direct the casting of the concrete and supervise laborers who use shovels or special tools to spread

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do At City of Baytown

* Leads crews performing construction and maintenance activities for streets, sidewalks, driveways, alleys, drainage and asphalt repairs; prioritizes and assigns tasks; assures that all safety rules and regulations are observed on the job site.
* Cuts lumber and sets forms; cuts, lays and ties re-bar using steel cutter and re-bar ties.
* Provide technical support to assist division staff in the completion of their duties and responsibilities; provide functional and technical leadership and training as needed.
* Assist with preparation of concrete base including; setting wood forms, positioning steel, measuring and pouring concrete, finishing concrete, removing wooden forms, back filling and cleaning site.
* Mixes concrete in cement mixer; fills wheelbarrow and pushes to box or pouring site; pours concrete.
* When making boxes, fills wheelbarrow with blocks or bricks and delivers to finisher Checks truck, obtains supplies, equipment, and materials.
* Loads truck with bricks, blocks, lumber, mortar, generator, wheelbarrow, sand, etc. cleans assigned equipment and related tools daily as required.
* Drives to job-site and prepares site for work; sets out work zones for job site in accordance with the TMUTCD and MUTCD

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do At Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

* Prepare and set concrete forms.
* Mix concrete and cement.
* Place and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as columns, floors, walls, top walls, foundations, pans, walks, sidewalks, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools.
* Align forms for concrete walls, beams, and floors; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints.
* May point and patch concrete structures.
* Position requires long periods of stooping, bending, and standing.
* Position requires frequently lifting up to 50 lbs.
* Must adhere to safety protocol, and work in a drug-free environment

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do At Heartland Asphalt Inc.

* 1.Performs a combination of physical tasks, including, but not limited to, the following:Keep skidloader fueled up and bucket clean
* Keep hand tools cleaned and picked up
* Begin learning one new piece of equipment as directed by Supervisor
* Shoveling asphaltTruck dumperHandle rolls of fabricBreak up concreteRun saw equipmentEquipment maintenance/cleaningBlow pavement or cracks with compressed airSet string lineCompact rock and asphalt
* Uses tools and equipment to accomplish tasks, such as:SkidloaderAsphalt luteWrenchesShovelsSledge hammerPost pounderPavement breakerWeed cutterAsphalt sawsHand-held electrical equipmentCarpenter toolsJack hammerVibrating plate compactor3
* Cooperates with supervisor/co-workers to achieve work assignments
* Attends safety meetings as required
* Uses personal protective equipment as required

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How To Become A Concrete Finisher

Most masons have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn either on the job or through an apprenticeship program. Others learn through masonry programs at technical schools.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most masons. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and vocational education are considered useful.

Many technical schools offer programs in basic masonry. These programs operate both independently and in conjunction with apprenticeship training. The credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree. Some people take courses before being hired, and some take them later as part of on-the-job training.

Training

A 3- to 4-year apprenticeship is how most masons learn the trade. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the future, apprenticeships are expected to focus more on proven competencies than time-in-training and therefore the duration of apprenticeships may decrease.

Apprentices learn construction basics such as blueprint reading; mathematics, including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions; building code requirements; and safety and first-aid practices. 

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

Some contractors have their own training programs for masons. Although workers may enter apprenticeships directly, some masons start out as construction helpers. The Home Builders Institute and the International Masonry Institute offer pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including masonry.

After completing an apprenticeship program, masons are considered journey workers and are able to perform tasks on their own.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Terrazzo workers must be able to distinguish between small variations in color when setting terrazzo patterns in order to produce the best looking finish.

Hand-eye coordination. Workers must be able to apply smooth, even layers of mortar, set bricks, and remove any excess before the mortar hardens.

Math skills. Cement masons use their knowledge of math—including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions—when they mix their own mortar.

Physical stamina. Brickmasons must keep a steady pace while setting bricks all day. Although no individual brick is extremely heavy, the constant lifting can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers must be strong enough to lift more than 50 pounds. They must also carry heavy tools, equipment, and other materials, such as bags of mortar and grout.

Visualization. Stonemasons must be able to see how stones fit together in order to build attractive and stable structures.

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Concrete Finisher Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    94.2%
  • Female

    4.8%
  • Unknown

    1.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.0%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    77.8%
  • Carrier

    5.6%
  • Polish

    5.6%
  • Finnish

    2.8%
  • Ukrainian

    2.8%
  • Dakota

    2.8%
  • Russian

    2.8%
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Real Concrete Finisher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Best Concrete Mix Corporation NY Feb 04, 2013 $74,318
Concrete Finisher J.C. Contracting, Inc. Bloomfield, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $70,749
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers San's Construction Co., Inc. Nutley, NJ Feb 13, 2013 $54,533
Cement Mason & Concrete Finisher Ferraro Landscape Co., Inc. Mamaroneck, NY May 15, 2015 $53,552
Concrete Finisher 30 30 Concrete, Inc. MN Apr 22, 2014 $50,401
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers European Masonry Contractors, Inc. Danbury, CT Aug 08, 2014 $49,213
Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher J & J Concrete Foundations, Inc. Danbury, CT Aug 04, 2015 $48,256
Concrete Finisher Gull Corporation Leesburg, VA Nov 16, 2016 $47,882
Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher WMC Contracting Co., Inc. Trenton, TN Dec 10, 2014 $47,237
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers WMC Contracting Co., Inc. Trenton, TN Sep 22, 2014 $47,237
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Facility Specialists, LLC Philadelphia, PA Apr 24, 2013 $46,675
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Chris Waldner and Son's Construction MN Apr 01, 2015 $46,582
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Do-Val Framing Corp. Warren, NJ Feb 20, 2013 $45,956
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Delaney Concrete Construction, Inc. Elkridge, MD Mar 11, 2014 $44,491
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Coloscapes Concrete, Inc. Windsor, CO Apr 01, 2016 $37,858
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Elevated Structural Decks, Inc. (F) Lakewood, CO May 09, 2016 $37,858
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers All Phase Concrete Construction, Inc. (F) Englewood, CO Apr 01, 2016 $37,858
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Coloscapes Concrete, Inc. CO Apr 01, 2015 $37,837
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Command Construction Inc. Kensett, AR Jul 16, 2014 $37,566 -
$41,740
Concrete Finisher J. Benham Construction, Inc. Galveston, TX Jul 05, 2016 $37,566
Concrete Finisher Brown Brothers Asphalt and Concrete, LLC Centennial, CO May 04, 2015 $37,566
Concrete Finisher LBL Gunite of Tulsa LP OK Feb 01, 2013 $32,202
Concrete Finishers Genuine Builders Inc. Colton, SD Apr 14, 2016 $32,119
Concrete Finishers Genuine Builders Inc. Arlington, SD Apr 20, 2016 $32,119
Concrete Finisher LBL Gunite of Tulsa LP OK Feb 01, 2015 $32,119
Concrete Finishers Genuine Builders Inc. Kennebec, SD Apr 04, 2016 $32,119
Concrete Finisher Jason Palmer Construction Inc. Mansfield, SD Apr 01, 2016 $32,119
Concrete Finishers Tamez-Pearson Construction, Inc. TX May 20, 2014 $31,910
Concrete Finisher Jose Uribe Concrete Construction TX Jan 20, 2015 $31,305

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Top Skills for A Concrete Finisher

SidewalksTieRebarSignalTruckDriverHandToolsJobSiteSafetyRulesExpansionJointsHeavyEquipmentBobcatDecorativeFinishBackhoeLayoutGeneralLaborDumpTruckPositionTruckSuperviseGrindHighSpotsBullFloatFinishSurfacesCureSurface

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Top Concrete Finisher Skills

  1. Sidewalks
  2. Tie Rebar
  3. Signal Truck Driver
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Pour, laid, and formed all phases of concrete structures from sidewalks and curves, to foundation and catch basins.
  • Helped tie rebar and poured concrete.
  • Inspected, cleaned, and maintained and repaired equipment, using machines, hand tools and reported malfunctions to supervisor.
  • Provided cross coverage to company foreman, to ensure supervision on job sites.
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.

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