Cement mason and concrete finishers are responsible for smoothing, leveling and finishing freshly poured cement. Typical job sites include roadways, driveways, sidewalks, bridges, homes, buildings and other construction sites. Cement masons check forms that will eventually hold the concrete built by other workers and ensure that they're properly constructed or they set the forms themselves. They build the form to meet or ensure that it was built to meet the desired pitch and depth and align them. They direct the cement truck driver and move the cement chute as it's pouring concrete into the forms, and then they then may add sand as a filler to the wet cement.
After the cement is poured, cement masons level, smooth and finish the corners of concrete using a variety of tools, including rakes, shovels, trowels, screeds and floats. If called for, special finishes like control grooves or a textured finish is added by the cement finisher. If necessary, cement masons are responsible for adding chemical additives expedite the drying process. After cement is dried, high spots are smoothed out and depressions are filled in. If the cement requires a finish, finishers apply a latex or epoxy finish.
Cement masons and finishers work typical construction hours, generally from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they may also work longer or alternative hours to meet deadlines. Cement masonry certification is available, but is not required by all employers.
Cement Mason or Concrete Finisher Tasks
Smooth and finish poured concrete surfaces such as foundations, roads, and sidewalks.
Apply chemicals to harden and seal poured concrete.
Ensure wood or plastic molds are set up properly.
Oversee pouring and setting of concrete.