Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers

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Cement Finisher, Cement Mason, Concrete Finisher, Finisher

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Heavy Repair Superintendent; Pavements and Construction Equipment; Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice; Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman; Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper; Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman; Structural; Structural Apprentice; Structural Craftsman; Structural Helper
Bridge Crewmember; Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; Combat Engineer; Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator; Construction Engineering Technician; Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
Damage Controlman; Material Maintenance Specialty
Basic Engineer, Construction, and Equipment Marine; Combat Engineer; Combat Engineer Officer; Utilities Officer
Advanced Builder; Assistant Public Works Officer; Builder; Constructionman; Conversion NEC BU Builder Basic; Facilities Construction/Facilities Services Officer; Facilities Engineering Officer; Maintenance Technician; Officer in Charge, Naval Construction Battalion Unit; Public Works Officer
Structural; Structural Apprentice; Structural Helper; Structural Journeyman
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:
  • Check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.
  • Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.
  • Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using rake, shovel, hand or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others

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

Physical Strength

  • use your lower back and stomach


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
  • Persistence
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software

  • National Concrete & Masonry Estimator
  • Tradesman's Software Master Estimator

Analytical or scientific software

  • ADAPT-Modeler
  • Shilstone seeMIX

Accounting software

  • Sirus GT Construction Accounting


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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