Cement Finisher Apprentice
Madison, WI Learning Experiences
Job Type

Apprenticeships combine classroom and hands-on training with on-the-job experience.  They start in the $40,000/year range and offer benefits that may include health insurance, pension contributions, training and vacation funds.  Information on apprenticeships can be found on the State of Wisconsin's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards' site: dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship 

Your Foundation: By joining the industry, you will have the opportunity to be a part of shaping the growing communities near you. You will have a rewarding job that offers variety and potential for advancement in your career. 


Cement Finisher: A day in the life (if you want to work 9am-5pm in the AC, this job is NOT for you)

  • tasks that involve a lot of physical labor
  • smooth and finish surface of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, and sidewalks
  • set and align forms that hold concrete
  • pour, spread, and level concrete using rakes, shovels, trowels, screeds, and floats
  • form expansions, joints, and edges
  • monitor how wind, heat, or cold will affect the curing process of the concrete
  • signal truck drivers and position trucks for facilitating the concrete pours

Your Toolbelt:

  • a high level of physical fitness and stamina
  • enjoyment in practical work
  • working under strict deadlines
  • understanding building plans and instructions
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • comfortable working from heights
  • work as a team with other trades
  • ability to communicate well
  • willing to work in extreme weather conditions
  • flexibility in hours and locations by job