CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints. Check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.
Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.
Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using rake, shovel, hand or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float.
Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.
Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.
Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete, and move chute to direct concrete on forms.
Produce rough concrete surface, using broom.
Operate power vibrator to compact concrete.
Direct the casting of the concrete and supervise laborers who use shovels or special tools to spread it.
Mix cement, sand, and water to produce concrete, grout, or slurry, using hoe, trowel, tamper, scraper, or concrete-mixing machine.
Cut out damaged areas, drill holes for reinforcing rods, and position reinforcing rods to repair concrete, using power saw and drill.
Wet concrete surface, and rub with stone to smooth surface and obtain specified finish.
Wet surface to prepare for bonding, fill holes and cracks with grout or slurry, and smooth, using trowel.
Clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to determine if it is rough or uneven.
Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete, and waterproof or restore surface.
Chip, scrape, and grind high spots, ridges, and rough projections to finish concrete, using pneumatic chisels, power grinders, or hand tools.
Spread roofing paper on surface of foundation, and spread concrete onto roofing paper with trowel to form terrazzo base.
Build wooden molds, and clamp molds around area to be repaired, using hand tools.
Sprinkle colored marble or stone chips, powdered steel, or coloring powder over surface to produce prescribed finish.
Cut metal division strips, and press them into terrazzo base so that top edges form desired design or pattern.
Fabricate concrete beams, columns, and panels.
Waterproof or restore concrete surfaces, using appropriate compounds.
Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete or pattern or stamp the surface to provide a decorative finish.
Apply muriatic acid to clean surface, and rinse with water.
Push roller over surface to embed chips in surface.
Polish surface, using polishing or surfacing machine.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ACT Contractors Forms software Information retrieval or search software
ADAPT-Modeler Analytical or scientific software
BVH Gregg Concrete Project management software
HIPERPAV Project management software
Hard Dollar BID*BUILD Project management software
LogicSphere Firstmix software Analytical or scientific software
National Concrete & Masonry Estimator Project management software
Quest Estimator Project management software
RESCOMM-M2004 Project management software
Shilstone seeMIX Analytical or scientific software
Sirius GT software Accounting software
Tradesmen's Software Project management software
Abrasive blades Saw blades
Abrasive rubbing stones Abrasive stones
Aluminum floats Floats
Bar benders Tangent benders
Bar cutters Bar or rod cutters
Barrel mounted sprayers Hand sprayers
Bit spades Spades
Braces Braces
Brick hammers Hammers
Brick jointers Trowels
Brick splitters Cold chisels
Brick tongs Tongs
Brick trowels Trowels
Bump cutters Edgers
Cement trowels Trowels
Center discharge floor hoppers Batching plants or feeders
Chain saws Power saws
Channel floats Floats
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Collection hoppers Batching plants or feeders
Combo buckets Batching plants or feeders
Compression sprayers Hand sprayers
Concrete chutes Cement bulk material equipment
Concrete finishing brushes Brooms
Concrete floats Floats
Concrete mixers Concrete mixers or plants
Concrete pumps Cement pumping units
Concrete routers Power routers
Concrete saws Power saws
Concrete spreaders Floats
Concrete tampers Tampers
Concrete texture rollers Paint rollers
Concrete vibrators Concrete vibrators
Core drills Power drills
Crack saws Power saws
Crowbars Pry bars
Cure sprayers Curing machines
D handle shovels Shovels
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diamond blades Saw blades
Diesel concrete saws Power saws
Double-beam screeders Concrete spreaders
Drain spades Trowels
Driveway squeegees Squeegees or washers
Dumper riders Tilt trucks
Dust respirators Respirators
Edgers Edgers
Edging trowels Edgers
Electric generators Gas generators
Elephant trunks Cement bulk material equipment
Finishing screeders Concrete spreaders
Form braces Braces
Form liners Cement retainers
Form tubes Cement retainers
Fresno trowels Trowels
Gas concrete saws Power saws
Gas generators Gas generators
General purpose concrete buckets Batching plants or feeders
Glittermaster guns Hand sprayers
Grapevine jointers Trowels
Grinders Grinders
Groovers Edgers
Grout mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Grout pumps Hand sprayers
Gutter forms Cement retainers
Hammers Hammers
Hand clamps Hand clamps
High-speed saws Power saws
Hydraulic concrete breakers Demolition hammers
Hydraulic material spreaders Aggregate spreaders
Internal concrete vibrators Concrete vibrators
Jitterbug tampers Tampers
Ladders Ladders
Lifting systems Jacks
Lightweight laydown buckets Batching plants or feeders
Long handle shovels Shovels
Low rider power trowels Trowels
Magnesium channel bull floats Floats
Masonry saws Power saws
Masons jointers Trowels
Masons levels Levels
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Mortar and plaster mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Multipurpose saws Power saws
Notched trowels Trowels
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Pavement stripers Paint sprayers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Pneumatic air nailers Pneumatic nail drivers
Pointing trowels Trowels
Pool trowels Trowels
Portable gas drills Power drills
Post hole diggers Post hole digger
Power floats Floats
Power troweler blades Saw blades
Pry bars Pry bars
Rebar benders Hickeys
Rebar cutters Bar or rod cutters
Ride-on concrete breakers Paving breakers
Ride-on concrete buggies Power buggies
Ride-on saws Power saws
Ride-on trowels Trowels
Right angle grinders Power grinders
Rock hoppers Batching plants or feeders
Roller tube finishers Concrete spreaders
Roofing buckets Batching plants or feeders
Round end trowels Trowels
Round point shovels Shovels
Round-gate concrete buckets Batching plants or feeders
Rubber floats Floats
Scarifiers Scarifiers
Screeds Concrete spreaders
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Sidewalk forms Cement retainers
Slipform curbing pavers Curbing machines
Slipforming machines Curbing machines
Slump buckets Batching plants or feeders
Spirit levels Levels
Spreaders Floats
Square point shovels Shovels
Steel forms Cement retainers
Steel trowels Trowels
Stippling brushes Paint brushes
Straightedges Straight edges
Surface concrete vibrators Concrete vibrators
Tile setter trowels Trowels
Torpedo levels Levels
Transit mix deflectors Cement bulk material equipment
Truss screeds Concrete spreaders
Tuck-pointing trowels Trowels
Utility knives Utility knives
Vibrating concrete screeds Concrete spreaders
Vibrating wet screeds Concrete spreaders
Walk-behind concrete breakers Paving breakers
Walk-behind concrete buggies Power buggies
Walk-behind laser screeds Concrete spreaders
Walk-behind power trowels Trowels
Water pumps Water pumps
Wet screeds Concrete spreaders
Wheelbarrows Wheelbarrows
Wood floats Floats
Wooden forms Cement retainers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Block Mason
Cement Finisher
Cement Gun Operator
Cement Mason
Cement Mason Apprentice
Cement Patcher
Column Precaster
Concrete Fence Builder
Concrete Finisher
Concrete Finisher Apprentice
Concrete Floater
Concrete Floor Installer
Concrete Grinder Operator
Concrete Mason
Concrete Placement Equipment Operator
Concrete Pointer
Concrete Polisher
Concrete Rubber
Concrete Smoother
Concrete Stone Finisher
Concrete Swimming Pool Installer
Curb Builder
Equipment Operator
Float Operator
Floor Grinder
Joint Finisher
Joint Setter
Swimming Pool Installer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Concrete and Terrazzo Finishers
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