What does a Cement (Concrete) Finisher Do?

see below for Precast(Concrete) Finisher

A Cement (Concrete) Finisher (244G) finishes the exposed surfaces of poured concrete floors, sidewalks, curbs and many other structures. They also smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and restore, repair or replace hardened concrete structures. 

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • training in health and safety
  • finish the concrete by hand or machine and produce various finishes on the concrete using different compounds and techniques, including colours and decorative finishes
  • cut, core and scarify the hardened concrete into pre-determined forms or shapes
  • operate hand and power tools to compact and level concrete and to create the desired finish
  • install fixtures including anchor bolts, steel plates and door sills
  • repair and replace worn or damaged sections of concrete
  • applying curing and surface treatments
  • an ability to follow instructions
  • exposing and finishing aggregate in precast and architectural concrete
  • must be willing to work as part of a team on physically and mentally challenging projects

 

What Preparation and Training do You Need ?

Cement (Concrete) Finisher is a voluntary certified trade which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended.

Grade 12 may be required by employer and unions though grade 10 is required as the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of a 4500 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. The in-school component will include 2 eight week blocks of school. To be a success in this trade you will need communications, manual dexterity, good colour vision, blueprint reading and analytical skills.

What’s Your Future as a Cement (Concrete) Finisher?

Cement (Concrete) Finishers are employed in the construction sector. They could work on a project-by-project basis or be employed by a construction company. Cement (Concrete) Finishers may work indoors and outdoors and may be required to bend or stoop repeatedly and carry heavy objects. They may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions and high noise levels. Cement (Concrete) Workers generally work a 35-40 hour week, often in shifts and must be prepared to travel to where work is available. Many Cement (Concrete) Finishers have their own business.

Small, medium and large companies, unionized and non-unionized, employ finishers for many projects in residential, commercial and industrial areas. Employers in this field include construction companies, bricklaying contractors and manufacturers of precast concrete. Employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average for most occupations through the year 2007 due to trends in housing, commercial and industrial construction. Also, due to the aging workforce, this field will experience significant retirements over the next few years. As a journey person you may:

  • Work as a Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Progress to a supervisory position
  • Become a foreperson or inspector
  • Work in related occupations (See below)

For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.

 

Wage Rate

 

  • As an apprentice, you would start at a wage rate about half that of a journeyperson
  • Wages generally increase as you gain more competency  
  • Fully qualified Cement (Concrete) Finishers can earn on average anywhere from $25.00/hr to $30.00 per hour, with benefits and opportunities for overtime as well

What does a Precast (Concrete) Finisher Do?

Precast Concrete Finisher: Finish concrete flooring, sidewalks and patios by hand or machine. They also produce various finishes on concrete cut,core and scarify hardened concrete, install fixtures including anchor bolts, steel plates and doorsills. Repair and replace worn or damaged sections of concrete. Expose and finish aggregate in precast and architectural concrete. You could also install and finish all types of cement-based products including concrete floors, pavements and formed surfaces. Also can be trained to install special architectural finishes such as imprinted, coloured, exposed aggregate and polished concrete too.

The work of a concrete finisher includes other types of work as well including restoring old concrete, patching and repairing formed concrete surfaces, epoxy floor coating systems, joint caulking, and floor sealers. There is a great deal of variety in this trade.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

Same as the Cement (Concrete) Finisher.

What Preparation and Training do You Need ?

Precast (Concrete) Finisher is a voluntary certified trade which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended.

Grade 12 may be required by employer and unions though grade 10 is required as the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of a 4500 hour (2x 2250 hours on the job) apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. The in-school component will include 2 eight week blocks of school. To be a success in this trade you will need communications, manual dexterity, good colour vision, blueprint reading and analytical skills.

Wage Rate

Same as the Cement (Concrete) Finisher.

Self-Rating Quiz

Ask Yourself: Is becoming a Cement or Precast (Concrete) Finisher For You ?

Do you enjoy working outdoors in changeable climate conditions?

Yes      No

Do you mind being exposed to water, noises, and vibrations?

Yes      No

Can you stand on your feet for long periods of time?

Yes      No

Are you in good physical condition?

Yes      No

Are you good at working independently or as part of a team to accomplish a task?

Yes      No

Do you have some artistic ability and can pay attention to detail?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, working as a Cement (Concrete) Finisher may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills:

  • Cement Mason
  • Bricklayer
  • Stone Cutter
  • Marble Mason


Training and Union Information:


LIUNA Local 183 Training Centre
Cobourg Campus
560 Dodge Street
Cobourg ON K9A 4K5
1-800-261-1183
www.183training.com

Union Contact:
International Union ol Bricklayer and Allied Craftworkers http://bacweb.org/canada/index.php

IUBAC Locals in Ontario
Local 6 Ontario (Southwestern Ontario – Windsor – Chatham)
3454 Sandwich Street
Windsor, ON  N9C 1B3
519-256-3070

Local 7 Canada (Ottawa)
2100 Thurston Drive, Unit 3
Ottawa, ON  K1G 4K8
613-739-5944
Local 20 Ontario
113 Third Line
Douro, ON  K0L 1S0
705-652-8996

Local 41 Ontario
449 South Pelham Road
Welland, ON  L3C 3C5
905-732-4441 x 2234

 

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