A concrete finisher is a skilled tradesperson who works with concrete by placing,
finishing, protecting, and repairing concrete in engineering and construction projects.
Concrete finishers are often responsible for setting the concrete forms, ensuring they
have the correct depth and pitch. Concrete finishers place the concrete either directly
from the concrete wagon chute, concrete pump, concrete skip, or wheelbarrow. They
spread the concrete using shovels and rakes, sometimes using a straightedge back and
forth across the top of the forms to screed or level the freshly placed concrete.
After leveling the concrete, they smooth the surface using either a hand trowel, a longhanded bull float, or by using powered floats. After the concrete has been leveled and
floated, concrete finishers press an edger between the forms and the concrete to
chamfer the edges so that they are less likely to chip. Broom and stamp finishes are a
couple of different finished products for outdoor concrete after the trowel finish is
complete. The broom finish is used to prevent slipping on the concrete, and the stamp
finish is used for looks.