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Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.
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Concreter

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Makes structures and materials made from concrete.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.

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Check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed.

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Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using rake, shovel, hand or power trowel, hand or power screed, and float.

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Monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process.

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Direct the casting of the concrete and supervise laborers who use shovels or special tools to spread it.

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Produce rough concrete surface, using broom.

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Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.

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Clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to determine if it is rough or uneven.

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Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete, and move chute to direct concrete on forms.

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Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete, and waterproof or restore surface.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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