Trades & Services
Concreters pour, spread, level off and finish concrete on ir in all types of residential and commercial structures.
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Concreter do?
Concreters pour, spread, level off and finish concrete, using various tools, on or in all types of residential and commercial structures. including paths and roadways, buildings, and bridges.
As a concreter, you might:
- mix up concrete on site
- install supportive wire mesh to hold concrete in place
- use a concrete pump to direct concrete from a truck
- pour concrete into laid out areas, ensuring it is levelled off, then compacted
- operate machinery to float, trowel and finish the concrete face
- monitor weather conditions and how they might affect the curing of the concrete
- take measures to prevent defects
- design various textures by shaping the concrete surface with special tools or exposing aggregate
- colour concrete surfaces
- cut seams or joints into set concrete.
Key skills and interests
To become a concreter, you would need:
- to enjoy practical and outdoor work
- a good level of physical fitness
- a thorough knowledge of the characteristics of concrete
- good teamwork skills
- a good awareness and understanding of on-site safety issues
- to be able to follow precise directions.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time job you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, which may include weekend shiftwork.
Concreting work is physically demanding. Some concrete work needs to be done outdoors in all weather conditions, although concrete cannot be poured in certain weather conditions. Concrete workers have a high rate of injuries and illnesses.
How to become an Concreter?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a concreter without formal qualifications. You would get some training on the job.
You can also become a concreter through a traineeship or apprenticeship in Concreting. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Construction workers, including concreters, who work at heights must complete a Work Safely at Heights short course. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.
Employment of concreters is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
Concrete workers work in all fields of construction, and demand for construction workers will mirror the level of overall construction activity. The growth in new residential and commercial construction, as well as building, repairing and replacing infrastructure, should result in steady demand for concreters.