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Concrete finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore various masonry structures such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios and highrise buildings. They are employed by construction companies, cement and concrete contractors and manufacturers of precast concrete products, or they may be self-employed.
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- 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
- Impart 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Concrete Finishers in Winnipeg Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Employment prospects for concrete finishers are good. A strong construction industry should support favourable employment opportunities during the months concrete finishing occurs.
Employment in this occupation is highly seasonal. Winter layoffs occur annually between the months of November and March of each year. However, they are less frequent than in the past due to advances in materials, improvements in the use of protective enclosures and portable heaters are increasing the ability of concrete finishing to be performed during the winter.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jun 03 – Jun 07, 2013
- Winnipeg housing starts are up 117% from April last year
- The Manitoba government may reduce subsidy to the Jockey Club at Assiniboia Downs by $5M per year; potentially affecting up to 500 direct jobs in the Jockey Club and 1,000 jobs in the agricultural community
Week of May 27 – May 31, 2013
- The new Mental Health Crisis Response Centre will open on June 3 in Winnipeg. The centre has over 35 health professionals and will be open 24 hours a day.
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2013
- McMunn & Yates Building Supplies, a lumber and hardware store, will acquire most of the assets of McDiarmid Lumber Ltd. The $30M agreement includes most of McDiarmid's store locations.
- Negotiations continues over The Bays six-floor, 656,000 square-foot building. Retrofitting the facility could cost an estimated $100M.
- Winnipeg's first urban reserve was recently marked in ground-breaking ceremony on the site of a former St. James-area Manitoba Hydro building
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2013
- New condo underway in downtown Winnipeg
- Plans are in place for a new mixed-use residential development in Winnipeg Transcona area
- A Winnipeg development agency has acquired the Carlton Inn in downtown and plans to replace it with a new hotel complex
- A new River City Sports store will be opening soon in Winnipeg
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