Concrete Worker
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for concrete workers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Concrete worker apprentices may start on the apprentice training rate.
  • New concrete workers can expect to earn between minimum wage and $20 an hour, depending on their experience.
  • Experienced, skilled concrete workers may earn $20 to $25 an hour.
  • Very experienced concrete workers and those in team leader roles may earn more than this.
  • Source : Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand; Trade Me Jobs, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    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.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Concrete workers need to have :

  • knowledge of concrete types and different ways of using them
  • knowledge of concrete-setting times
  • knowledge of how to lay and finish concrete and operate the machines that are involved
  • basic carpentry skills.
  • Concrete workers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may also work early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • work on buildings and construction sites, roads, bridges, and other structures
  • work in conditions that can be dangerous, dusty, dirty and noisy, and in most weathers
  • travel locally to construction sites.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a concrete worker. However, most employers prefer you to :

  • hold a full driver's licence
  • pass a drug test.
  • A heavy vehicle licence can also help you find work.

    Apprenticeships available for concrete workers who are employed

    If you want to do an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer to take you on. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) can help you find an employer.

    There are national certificates at Level 3 and 4 in concrete manufacture, production, and construction. You may need to complete the National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills (Level 2) first.

    Secondary education

    At least Level 1 NCEA in English, technology and maths is useful.

    Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about construction and gain relevant skills by doing National Certificates in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

    Personal requirements

    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 :

  • bricklaying
  • work in the construction industry.
  • Physical requirements

    Concrete workers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong, with no back problems, as they need to do heavy lifting and climbing.

    They also need to be comfortable working at heights.

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