What Does a Concrete Pump Operator Do?

A Concrete Pump Operator (637C) coordinates the placement of ready-mix concrete through a pump at job sites, sets up concrete delivery systems, monitors the movement of concrete to locations where it is poured, and resolves issues related to the pouring of pump-able concrete.

Trade Code 637C  NOC Classification 7611  Journeyman: Apprentice Ratio 1:1

Job - Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Sets up, uses and maintains tools and equipment associated with concrete pumps mounted on trucks, platforms, or separate placing booms
  • Operates and drives a truck with air brakes (DZ licensed)
  • Loads and unloads concrete pumps and attachments
  • Mechanical aptitude and strong problem solving skills
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Attention to detail with safety consciousness

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To work as a Concrete Pump Operator, an apprentice must have their Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent. Grade 12 English and Mathematics should be included as well as a co-op or OYAP component in a related field.

The apprenticeship for Concrete Pump Operator is a total of 3000 hours with 159 hours of in-school training, which takes about a year to complete.

What’s Your Future as a Concrete Pump Operator?

Concrete Pump Operators work outdoors and frequently perform their jobs in conditions that may present discomfort or danger. They work in all types of weather and environmental conditions, with loud noise and dust part of the daily environment. In addition, they must routinely coordinate projects with other trades-people including bricklayers, ironworkers, crane operators, carpenters, concrete formers and construction labourers.

Concrete Pump Operator is generally a seasonal based occupation that is driven by economic factors affecting construction projects and the health of the construction sector. 

Employers who hire Concrete Pump Operators include:

  • New home building and renovation companies
  • Heavy industrial construction organizations
  • Institutional and commercial construction (ICI) companies
  • Civil engineering construction sector

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Wage Rate

Concrete Pump Operators earn an average of $11-$24 /hr, depending on experience. This wage does not include overtime and benefits.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Concrete Pump Operator For You?


Do you enjoy working outdoors in variable weather conditions?

Yes      No

Do you mind being exposed to high levels of noise, fumes or vibrations?

Yes      No

Can you remain standing for long periods of time?

Yes      No

Are you physically fit?

Yes      No

Are you a strong team player but also able to work independently?

Yes      No

Are you a good driver and comfortable operating large machinery?

Yes      No

Are you safety conscious?

Yes      No


If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Concrete Pump Operator may be for You!

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

  • Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Construction Craft Worker
  • Bricklayer

For more information, click the following link for related careers: Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists

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