What does a Cement or Precast (Concrete) Finisher (244 G/L) do?

A Cement (Concrete) Finisher finishes 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

  • Learning about and applying health and safety training to the job
  • Finishing concrete by hand or machine; produce various finishes using different compounds and techniques, including colours and decorative finishes
  • Cut, core, and scarify hardened concrete into pre-determined forms or shapes
  • Operating hand/power tools to compact and level concrete and create the desired finish
  • Installing fixtures including anchor bolts, steel plates, and door sills
  • Repairing/replacing worn/damaged sections and applying curing and surface treatments
  • Exposing and finishing aggregate in precast and architectural concrete
  • Ability to follow instructions; willing to work as team on physically/mentally challenging projects

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but grade 12 is usually required by employers/unions
  • Voluntary trade; apprenticeship is not mandatory but is recommended
  • Completion of 4,500-hour apprenticeship includes on-the-job and in-school training (two 8-week blocks of school)
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Cement or Precast (Concrete) Finisher (244 G/L)?

  • Weather-dependent
  • Overtime required
  • Fast-paced
  • Heavy-lifting
  • Working both indoors and outdoors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $31.80-$40.41 per hour.

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Cement or Precast (Concrete) Finisher (244G)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination? Do you have any artistic ability and enjoy working with your hands and mind?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately? Have basic math skills.
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detailed oriented? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Cement or Precast (Concrete) Finisher may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Cement Mason
  • Bricklayer
  • Stone Cutter
  • Marble Mason

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