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  • 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.

  • Is Concrete finishing right for you?  Do you like to....‚Äč

    • 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 as a Concrete Finisher might be for you!

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  • About Concrete finishers

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  • What concrete finishers do What concrete finishers do

    • Set concrete forms

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

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

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

    • Apply compounds to cure concrete surfaces

    • Repair & preserve concrete structures

  • Working conditions Working conditions

    • Residential, commercial, or industrial sites

    • Outdoors or indoors

    • Work mostly at ground level

    • Requires bending, kneeling, lifting

  • Where concrete finishers work Where concrete finishers work

    • Residential construction
    • Commercial construction
    • Masonry contractors
    • Self-employed
  • Work schedule Work schedule

    • Weather can impact construction timelines.

    • Weather-dependent (work less in the winter, more in the 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!

  • Career path

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  • What it takes to become a concrete finisher What it takes to become a concrete finisher

    Education/Training

    • High school diploma or equivalency
    • Apprenticeship
  • Skills needed Skills needed

    • 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