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Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers

Also called: Cement Finisher, Cement Mason, Concrete Finisher, Finisher

Where in the Army? In the Army: Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator

What they do:
Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints.
On the job, you would:
  • Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.
  • Check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.
  • Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using rake, shovel, hand or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Self Control
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Hard Dollar HD Project Estimating
  • National Concrete & Masonry Estimator
Analytical or scientific software
  • ADAPT-Modeler
Accounting software
  • Sirius GT software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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