What does a Precast Concrete Erector (244K) do?

Concrete is moulded to create many different shapes and forms, including slabs or panels, called precast concrete pieces, for building walls or floors. Often a Hoisting Engineer/Crane Operator will lower pieces into place, and the role of the Precast Concrete Erector is to guide this tradesperson, using hand signals, to align the panels and slabs into place.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Preparing the worksite for installation, including loading and unloading pieces
  • Safely using riggings and scaffoldings, where necessary
  • Guiding the crane operator using hand signals
  • Reading and interpreting architectural drawings, blueprints, and diagrams
  • Using hand and power tools and machines, such as pneumatics wrenches
  • Aligning, bolting, welding, or using other mounting devices to join panels together
  • Applying grout, preparing surfaces, and finishing grouted areas; applying caulking and primers
  • Observing safety in accordance with government and company standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 5,400-hour apprenticeship including on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Precast Concrete Erector (244K)?

  • 35-40 hours/week; may work project-by-project or be employed by construction firm
  • Exposed to variety of weather conditions and high noise levels; often required to bend and to lift and carry heavy objects
  • Risks include working with corrosive chemicals and dangerous equipment
  • Employers include precast concrete manufacturers, construction companies, and bricklaying and painting contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $40.00-$46.00 per hour. 

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Precast Concrete Erector (244K)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you enjoy working with different hand tools?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you pay attention to detail? Do have artistic abilities?
Are you good at judging distances and weight?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Are you interested in travelling for work?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Precast Concrete Erector may be for you!

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  • Welder

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