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Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.
    • Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.
    • Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete, and move chute to direct concrete on forms.
    • Direct the casting of the concrete and supervise laborers who use shovels or special tools to spread it.
    • Produce rough concrete surface, using broom.
    • Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete, and waterproof or restore surface.
    • Operate power vibrator to compact concrete.
    • Wet surface to prepare for bonding, fill holes and cracks with grout or slurry, and smooth, using trowel.
    • Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete or pattern or stamp the surface to provide a decorative finish.
    • Waterproof or restore concrete surfaces, using appropriate compounds.
    • Mix cement, sand, and water to produce concrete, grout, or slurry, using hoe, trowel, tamper, scraper, or concrete-mixing machine.
    • Chip, scrape, and grind high spots, ridges, and rough projections to finish concrete, using pneumatic chisels, power grinders, or hand tools.
    • Sprinkle colored marble or stone chips, powdered steel, or coloring powder over surface to produce prescribed finish.
    • Wet concrete surface, and rub with stone to smooth surface and obtain specified finish.
    • Cut out damaged areas, drill holes for reinforcing rods, and position reinforcing rods to repair concrete, using power saw and drill.
    • Fabricate concrete beams, columns, and panels.
    • Polish surface, using polishing or surfacing machine.
    • Clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to determine if it is rough or uneven.
    • Build wooden molds, and clamp molds around area to be repaired, using hand tools.
    • Cut metal division strips, and press them into terrazzo base so that top edges form desired design or pattern.
    • Push roller over surface to embed chips in surface.
    • Apply muriatic acid to clean surface, and rinse with water.
    • Spread roofing paper on surface of foundation, and spread concrete onto roofing paper with trowel to form terrazzo base.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 51980/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.99/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 5,300
    • Yearly Projected Openings 640

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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

    Tools

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

    Technology

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

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