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Published on 6/25/2018

Published by timharrison0064@gmail.com

To have a successful career as a concreter you need to be an all rounder

There’s more to being a concreter than just screeding crete..


There’s more to being a concreter than just screeding crete..

 

 

So many images of concreters are of them screeding, placing and finishing concrete. As a result many of those entering the concrete industry are in a state of confusion, sometimes shock, when they realise how much actual work is involved in being a concreter. The work involved in organising a concrete slab, preparing the sub base, erecting the form work, establishing the right levels and heights in accordance with architectural and engineering drawings and plans. In arranging for local government and engineering inspections, liaising with the rebar supplier, the concrete plant and the onsite contractors, including plumbers, electricians and earthmoving operators, just to name a few. And that’s before the placing, screeding and finishing has even started.

 

 

If you are thinking about being a long term career as a concreter you need to consider many of these factors. The ability to multi task, think ahead and cope with stressful situations is important. Whilst remaining fit, healthy and mentally alert are essential as well. As an example If you have a bad back or an existing work injury, it’s probably best to look elsewhere. Yes it is possible to make money just finishing concrete, in just placing and finishing concrete on pour day, that is. But is that enough? Is that going to ensure you have a long term and sustainable career in the concreting industry? Probably not.

 

To have a career in the concreting industry as a concreter you need to consider being an all rounder. Being someone who can read building plans, who has an an understanding of surveying, geological and construction constraints. Someone who has good communication and planning skills, combined with a high tolerance for stress. In short, to have a long and successful career as a concreter you need to be able to play every position on the park. You need to have knowledge of every facet of a concreting project, from the steel required to the concrete pump needed on pour day. From the levels of the sub base to the amount of finishers needed to finish your slab. 

 

 

The devil is in the detail, as they say, and an understanding of that detail is essential when it comes to being a successful concreter. Detail when it comes to measuring up jobs, pricing them and quoting. Detail at book keeping time. And more often than not its not just about you. There is a team of individuals involved. Therefore the ability to delegate and supervise the work performed by others is important as well. Good concreters are often good leaders, managers and mentors. They lead by example and respected by those who follow. 

 

Good luck…

 

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