Concrete Worker Kaimahi Raima

Concrete workers make, pour, spread, finish, reinforce and cut concrete for construction projects such as buildings and footpaths.

Concrete workers may do some or all of the following:

  • read and interpret plans or drawings
  • weigh and mix concrete materials (gravel, sand, cement and water)
  • sample and test the mix
  • prepare boxing (formwork) and/or lay reinforcing
  • pour, spread, compact, smooth and polish concrete, by hand or machine
  • drive heavy vehicles such as concrete trucks.

Specialised concrete workers may also:

  • install items such as anchor bolts into concrete
  • spray concrete on areas such as retaining walls and swimming pools
  • cut concrete using power cutters.

Physical Requirements

Concrete workers need to have a good level of fitness, strong arms and a strong back as they have to do heavy lifting and climbing. They also need to be comfortable working at heights.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for concrete workers includes:

  • paving
  • bricklaying
  • work in the construction industry.

Personal Qualities

Concrete workers need to be:

  • careful and accurate
  • responsible and reliable
  • hard-working and practical
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for concrete workers includes:

  • paving
  • bricklaying
  • work in the construction industry.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a concrete worker, but maths, physical education, English and construction and mechanical technologies to at least NCEA Level 1 are useful. 

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Concrete Workers can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

Concrete workers can progress to become team leaders or may start a business and manage their own team of concrete workers. They may also move into construction project management. 

They may specialise in:

  • manufacturing concrete products
  • producing cement and concrete as a raw material
  • constructing buildings out of concrete.
Concrete Worker

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