Cement & Concrete Finisher (Concrete Finisher)
Introduction
Cement (Concrete) finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore various masonry structures, such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios and high-rise buildings.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read brief notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from co-workers to learn about equipment faults. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the safe use and storage of products, such as sealants. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Concrete Finishing
Reading
Ability to read memos and notices, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to worksite procedures and notices to learn about upcoming meetings. (Complexity: 2)
Read text entries in a variety of forms, e.g. read work orders to learn about job tasks and work sites. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read regulations and bylaws, e.g. read regulations and bylaws governing the installation of sidewalks and concrete patios. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to interpret and locate data in scale drawings, e.g. interpret scale drawings to determine the location and orientation of door and window openings in precast wall panels. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to assess the quality of concrete finishing jobs. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read directions and handling instructions, e.g. read mixing instructions on the labels of products, such as cement curing retardants, concrete sealing compounds and colourants. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of operating manuals, e.g. may read manuals to learn about the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment, such as power screeds and trowels. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols, icons and signs, e.g. read signs at new job sites to identify workplace hazards and to locate emergency exits and safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete forms, e.g. enter amount of concrete used, set-up and finishing times and the number of wall panels produced into production reports. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to enter and locate data such as dates, times, equipment readings and quantities in a variety of forms. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in forms, e.g. read work orders to locate addresses, clients’ names and the dimensions of floors, sidewalks and driveways to be poured and finished. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in lists and schedules, e.g. locate specifications, product identification numbers and quantities in suppliers’ product lists. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers, e.g. write notes to inform co-workers about worksite hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write text entries in forms and log books, e.g. describe equipment malfunctions in equipment inspection forms and log books. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for concrete finishing and repair, e.g. consider the consistency of the concrete, weather conditions and the availability of time and labour when selecting concrete finishing techniques. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as noise levels, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. read and write numbers of containers of finishing products; count the number of passes with a float. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. add or subtract sizes of forms in fractions of inches. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use the Pythagorean theorem to verify right angles in formwork. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)