Concrete finishers (NOC 7282)

About this job

Concrete finishers:

  • smooth and finish freshly poured concrete
  • apply curing or surface treatments
  • install, maintain and restore various masonry structures such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios and highrise buildings
  • work for construction companies, cement and concrete contractors and manufacturers of precast concrete products
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • concrete smoother / finisher / polisher


Concrete finishers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • check formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials and direct placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces according to grade
  • fill hollows and remove high spots to smooth freshly poured concrete
  • operate power vibrator to compact concrete
  • level top surface of concrete according to grade and depth specifications using straightedge or float
  • give desired finish to concrete surfaces using hand and power tools
  • install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete
  • apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete
  • waterproof, damp-proof and restore concrete surfaces
  • repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of floors, walls, roads and other concrete structures

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor environment where temperatures may vary.
  • Work also takes place outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may risk injury while working dangerous locations such as construction sites.
  • Work may involve heavy vibrations and airborne particles, such as sand and dust.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources