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Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 670

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.78 - $27.11

Typical Annual Salary: $39,000 - $56,400

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.
  • Direct the casting of the concrete and supervise laborers who use shovels or special tools to spread it.
  • Produce rough concrete surface, using broom.
  • Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.
  • Clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to determine if it is rough or uneven.
  • Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete, and move chute to direct concrete on forms.
  • Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete, and waterproof or restore surface.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Batching plants or feeders
  • Concrete spreaders
  • Floats
  • Power saws
  • Trowels

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Project management software

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