What does a Cement or Precast(Concrete) Finisher (244G) 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)

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

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

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $48,000 per year.

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