Concrete Finisher

APPRENTICESHIP - YES

$31,132-$65,520

TRAINING

FUTURE OUTLOOK

At a glance

While other tradespeople may prepare the sub-base for concrete, prepare and place the reinforcing material, and place the formwork, it is the concrete finisher's responsibility to inspect this work to ensure that it is ready to receive the concrete. They work with and prepare a variety of concrete materials and finishes to meet final specifications.

Finishes can be trowelled for a smooth finish, brushed to create a coarse, non-skid finish, embedded with gravel chips for an exposed aggregate finish, patterned or stamped for a decorative surface, or floated with a special dry shake to create a coloured surface.

After completing apprenticeship training, a certified concrete finisher is qualified to:

  • Prepare the worksite for concrete
  • Place plastic concrete into forms and spread it to a specified depth
  • Level and straighten the surface, provide a floated, trowelled, or textured surface as specified, cut joints to control cracking
  • Operate machines that speed production and semi-automate the placing and finishing process cure and protect concrete surfaces
  • Properly use dry pack grouting, epoxy coating, and other specialty materials
  • Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills, and other inserts in freshly placed concrete
  • Install specialty concrete and apply architectural surface treatments such as hardeners, colouring, textures, or patterns
  • Saw, cut, or core drill existing concrete
  • Restore concrete surfaces and repair, resurface, and replace damaged sections of floors, walls, pavements, and other concrete structures

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba

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Work environment

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction companies
  • Different types of residential, industrial and commercial projects includes floors, walls, driveways, sidewalks, plus street, highway and airport pavements
  • Warehouses

Other conditions:

Most of the finishing work is now mechanized with laser-guided or power screeds, power floats and trowels, and mechanical vibrators and pumps which minimize the demands for manual labour on the job.


Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Concrete Finisher could be right for you!

  • Do you enjoy physical exercise?
  • Do you enjoy working with your hands?
  • Do you have good vision?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Do you have good spatial perception and an ability to estimate size and dimensions?
  • Do you possess artistic skills?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.

Wages

Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Concrete Finisher.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$31,132

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$48,048 - $65,520

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html




Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateEffective Date
JourneypersonsJanuary 1, 2017 or after
$27.30
Concrete FinisherMay 1, 2017 or after
$16.45

Source: https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/doc,ici-wag...



Training

Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/index.html

Concrete Finisher

Program Length (Minimum Years)

2 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 4 weeks Y2: 4 weeks

Additional Licensing

No

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

3 years

Minimum hours experience required

5, 400 hours

Practical Exam required

No

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

No

Red Seal Trade available

Yes


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