Think your a hard arse? – How to be a concreter

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As a Concreter you place, spread, compact, finish and cure concrete for all kinds of structures including commercial and domestic buildings, industrial floorings, tunnels, bridges and roads.  If you choose to be a concreter as your career path you will require a high level of physical fitness.  A concreter apprenticeship is a four year term and a Certificate III in Concreting will be achieved.

As with all trades there are higher risk tasks that are involved with the job, in concreting this is the Operation of a Concrete Boom Pump.  These Boom Pumps are required on sites where the concrete trucks can’t reach the pour area, mainly due to the height of the pour (2nd level or higher in a structure).  Some of the added risks are proximity to power lines, traffic and the general public.  Due to the higher risk in Operating a Boom Pump a Licence to Perform High Risk Work is required.

After you gain experience in Concreting and you reach a high level of skills and experience the option may be there for you to move up the ladder in this industry, you can start your own business or become a supervisor/manager in a smaller domestic/commercial contracting company or in a large scale industrial contracting company.

Concreter Duties and Tasks

  • Follow occupation health and safety
  • Perform measurements and calculations
  • Interpret plans and specifications
  • Install trench support
  • Perform basic leveling procedures
  • Use concreting tools and equipment
  • Place concrete
  • Finish concrete
  • Cure concrete
  • Decorative finishes to concrete
  • General demolition to minor building structures
  • Operate concrete boom pump

Concreter Personal requirements

  • Enjoy practical outdoor work
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Physically fit
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work at heights


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.



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