Cement Mason – Concrete Finisher

||Cement Mason – Concrete Finisher
Cement Mason – Concrete Finisher

What is a Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher?

Concrete finishers place and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, curbs, bridge decks and other concrete structures.

Concrete finishers apply:

  • Smooth or textured finishes to concrete surfaces
  • Exposed aggregate finishes
  • Stamped and patterned designs
  • Water proofing and restore concrete surfaces

They have the knowledge to properly use:

  • Grouts from dry pack to wet applications
  • Epoxy and cementitious materials
  • Concrete curing compounds

In general, concrete finishers:

  • Place and finish concrete in forms and slabs
  • Use wide variety of power tools in their trade for cutting, coring, chipping, grinding, and the roughening of concrete surfaces for grouting and special coatings
  • Level and smooth the surface, round the edges, and make joints or grooves to help control cracking on the surface
  • Use machines such as power trowels and ride-on power trowels to finish large factory and warehouse floors
  • Hand-trowelling is still required for hard-to-reach areas in corners, around pipes and edges
  • Strong Job Market
  • On-the-Job Training

  • Earn $ While You Learn

  • Scholarships, Awards & Grants
  • Apprenticeship Loans

  • Employment Insurance

  • Income Tax Training Deductions

  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

Skills & Abilities

This trade is physically demanding but most rewarding for those who take pride in seeing the finished product of their work.

To be successful in this trade, concrete finishers need:

  • Thorough knowledge of the different types, strengths and set times of concrete
  • Technical application skills and product knowledge of various protective coatings and restoration products
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Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship is 3 years (three 12 month periods) including a minimum of 1200 hours of on-the-job training and 4 week technical training in the first and second years, and 1200 hours of on-the job training in the third year.

An applicant who previously completed courses or work experience related to the Concrete Finisher trade may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.

Check out Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training at Trade Secrets.

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Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Cement Mason – Concrete Finisher, contact the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Local 222.

For a quick summary of a career as cement mason / concrete finisher, ask about the concrete finisher trade card.

Cement Mason trade card

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