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Concreter

Summary of occupation

Concreters mix, lay, spread, compact and finish concrete for building and construction work. They mix cement with other materials such as gravel, sand and water, and pour the concrete, usually over steel reinforcement, moving it into position using a pump. They also prepare and move boxing, or formwork, so that it contains the concrete in the right shape and dimensions. Once the concrete has been poured, concreters level the concrete, clean and seal it. They might also create decorative surfaces on the concrete prior to cleaning and sealing. They may also spray concrete onto retaining walls, swimming pools or other surfaces that require rendering.

ANZSCO description:

Pours, spreads, smoothes and finishes concrete for structures such as floors, stairs, ramps, footpaths and bridges.

Alternative names:

Concrete Worker

Specialisations:

Decorative concreter

Job Prospects:

Good

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

A concreter needs:

  • practical and manual skills
  • physical fitness and stamina
  • problem solving skills
  • to enjoy working outdoors
  • basic math’s skills
  • to be safety conscious and accurate in their work.

Working Conditions

Concreters usually work outdoors on building and construction sites as well as infrastructure such as bridges and roads. Conditions can be dirty and noisy, and they may have to work at heights or underground, depending on the nature of the work. They are often required to spend large amounts of time on their feet, and their work often involves heavy lifting and other manual labour. They usually work regular hours; however in hot weather they may begin earlier in the day to avoid the heat. In winter they may need to begin later as early morning frost makes concreting difficult.

Qualified Salary Details

On average, concreters can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a concreter develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Tools and Technologies

Concreters need to be familiar with the various types of concrete, as well as the materials that go into its making. They use concrete mixers as well as hand and power tools such as shovels, edging tools, concrete vibrators and trowels. They use wheelbarrows and boxing (formwork), as well as concrete pumps. They drive large vehicles that may be fitted with industrial cement mixers, or pump trucks. They are usually required to wear protective clothing such as steel- capped gumboots and gloves.

Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

You can work as a concreter without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

ANZSCO description: Pours, spreads, smoothes and finishes concrete for structures such as floors, stairs, ramps, footpaths and bridges.

Alternative names: Concrete Worker

Specialisations: Decorative concreter

Job prospects: Good

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

You may improve your employment prospects by doing an apprenticeship to become a concreter. The Traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”).

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non- formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.