Published on 4/21/2017
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Thinking about becoming a concreter?
For over twenty years Open Universities Australia has opened the doors for students undertaking online higher education or professional development, here’s their good oil on what being a concreter is all about in Australia
Concreter’s provide a very important service to homeowners, businesses and communities in general. They handle concrete from the beginning of the project all the way through to its completion. Concreter’s create sidewalks, foundations, floors, bridges, parking lots and even vertical walls for buildings. There's no end to the possible projects that concreter’s are needed to work on.
Starting salary: $40,000 P/A Senior salary: $78,000 P/A Average salary: $53,000 P/A. Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer.
Employment level: 44,000 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 48,000).
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Concreter is 41.5 hours
Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Concreter include:
- NSW: 30.8%
- VIC: 28.7%
- QLD: 23.6%
Employment for Concreter’s has risen by a rate of 22.3% over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time is 3,400
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 87.0%
- Male Part Time: 12.2%
- Female Full Time: 0.4%
- Female Part Time: 0.3%
DUTIES AND TASKS
- Create concrete forms
- Create expansion joints
- Create specific finishes on vertical and horizontal surfaces
- Install door sills, anchor bolts and other fixtures
- Install steel reinforced rebar
- Level concrete
- Operate trowels
- Pour and spread concrete
- Protect the concrete until it has cured
- Use colouring powder for specific finishes
- Use tools such as power cutters and trowelling machines
- Ability to read blueprints and plans
- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- Ability to take on delegated tasks
- Good communication skills
- Proper time management skills
- Working conditions
Concreter’s must be able to work in all kinds of weather conditions such as extreme heat and humidity. For the most part, concrete cant be poured when it is very cold, raining or snowing as the concrete would be damaged, crack and not be cured. It is hard work, but rewarding once the project has been completed.
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