Concreters place, spread, compact, finish and cure concrete for buildings, roads, tunnels, bridges and marine structures, using hand tools and automated machinery.
Duties & Tasks
Concreters may perform the following tasks:mix cement, gravel, sand and water to make concrete on site
move concrete into position using a concrete pump
place concrete into the formwork (usually temporary wood or steel moulds), ensuring it is spread and levelled, then compacted using vibrators
operate paving and trowelling machines to float, trowel and polish the concrete surface
create different surface textures by tamping, smoothing and shaping the concrete surface with a variety of hand tools
cut joints into hardened concrete
mix and apply pigments when a coloured surface is required
dig foundation trenches if working on residential or small commercial projects.
For most jobs, concrete is mixed at a pre-mix concrete supplier's factory and delivered to the site in a pre-mix concrete truck.par Concreters usually work outside on construction sites that may be dusty and noisy. Much of their time is spent standing or kneeling and they may also have to work at heights or underground in tunnels. They may travel from job to job and usually begin work very early in the morning.par There is a growing industry in precast concrete where concrete elements are cast and cured in factories then transported to the site for use.
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to lift heavy objects
enjoy practical and outdoor work.