Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers

Cement Mason

Cement masons and concrete finishers work with concrete and cement to build and repair structures
Cement Mason
Have a steady hand and an eye for both detail and aesthetic quality? Cement masons are needed across America!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Build amazing structures from the ground up, Learn a vital trade as old as time, Put your creative energy and attention to detail to use!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Cement Finisher, Cement Mason, Concrete Finisher, Concrete Mason, Finisher, Mason
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Cement Finisher, Cement Mason, Concrete Finisher, Concrete Mason, Finisher, Mason
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Position construction forms or molds.
  • Finish concrete surfaces.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Monitor construction operations.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 67/100

  • 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. 63/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 52/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 52/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 41/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 40/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 37/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 33/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 33/100

  • Foreign Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation. 31/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Trowels
  • Floats
  • Concrete spreaders
  • Batching plants or feeders
  • Power saws
  • Cement retainers
  • Shovels
  • Levels
  • Saw blades
  • Edgers
  • Hand sprayers
  • Cement bulk material equipment
  • Bar or rod cutter
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Power buggies
  • Power drills
  • Concrete vibrators
  • Paving breakers
  • Curbing machines
  • Tampers
  • Tilt trucks
  • Abrasive stones
  • Aggregate spreaders
  • Tape measures
  • Concrete mixers or plants
  • Cold chisels
  • Stonemason hammer
  • Spades
  • Respirators
  • Pry bars
  • Jacks
  • Braces
  • Squeegees or washers
  • Post hole digger
  • Tongs
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Gas generators
  • Brooms
  • Power grinders
  • Curing machines
  • Paint brushes
  • Demolition hammers
  • Pneumatic nail drivers
  • Hickeys
  • Paint rollers
  • Measuring wheels for distance
  • Power routers
  • Straight edges
  • Grouting pump
  • Steel bar bending machine
  • Paint sprayers
  • Cement pumping units
  • Water pumps
  • Ladders
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Scarifiers
  • Grinders
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Desktop computers
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