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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5550

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Cement Finisher


Under general supervision, performs skilled concrete construction and cement finishing work; assists, leads, assigns, instructs, and monitors the work of a crew engaged in the removal, construction and repair of curbs, gutters, walks, sidewalks, driveway aprons, ramps and other concrete structures throughout the City; organizes worksites and ensures job site safety; transports and safely operates a variety of vehicles, tools and equipment; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Characteristics

The Cement Finisher is an advanced-journey level specialist with lead responsibility.  This classification is distinguished from the classification of Maintenance Worker by the greater level of technical knowledge and experience required for successful performance of the full range of assigned duties, the responsibility for crew leadership and job site safety; the greater complexity of work assignments; a higher level of independent judgment and initiative exercised in the performance of assignments; and the potential impact of erroneous decisions on worker and public safety and operating costs and schedules.

The Cement Finisher is distinguished from the Lead Maintenance Worker by lead responsibility of a crew engaged in concrete construction and cement finishing work. The Cement Finisher is distinguished from the Public Works Supervisor as the latter classification has full supervisory responsibility for the performance of multiple crews engaged in the work of an assigned work division; while the Cement Finisher performs advanced-journey level concrete construction and cement finishing work with responsibility for the field supervision of an assigned crew and job site safety. 

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor; provides technical or functional supervision to Maintenance Workers.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however they may vary depending upon actual assignment and are not all-inclusive.
  • Leads, instructs, assigns and assists an assigned crew engaged in concrete construction and repair and cement finishing work;
  • Organizes worksite to ensure availability of needed tools, equipment and materials and to ensure job site safety;
  • Calculates square footage of job sites and orders accurate amounts of concrete to complete assigned projects;
  • Breaks out, removes, repairs, and cleans broken concrete areas;
  • Sets wood and metal forms; lays and grades job sites to engineering specifications;
  • Pours concrete to construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveway aprons, ramps and other concrete structures to engineering specifications;
  • Finishes concrete structures and cement surfaces using trowels, floats, straight edges, joiners and screens to obtain specified texture and shape;
  • Surveys curbs and gutters for proper drainage on an ongoing basis;
  • Discusses with supervisor crew member performance and on deviations from work schedules or assignments;
  • Safely transports and operates a variety of vehicles, equipment, and hand and/or power tools related to area of assignment;
  • Cleans, greases and visually inspects assigned equipment daily to ensure safe operation;
  • Conducts pre and post trip inspection on assigned equipment and tools; reports the need for mechanical maintenance and repair to the supervisor;
  • Oversees field maintenance of tools and equipment;
  • Develops and maintains time and materials records and prepares periodic and special reports;
  • Responds to requests and inquiries received from the general public and refers for more in-depth responses, as appropriate. 
  • Examples of Other Duties 

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Removes forms, backfills and cleans job site; repairs sprinklers and water mains as needed;
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Methods, techniques and proper and effective use of hand and power tools, materials and equipment used in performing concrete construction and finishing work;
  • Characteristics and uses of concrete and various cement mixtures;
  • Principles of supervision;
  • Standard departmental work procedures;
  • Standard safety practices public works construction and repair projects;
  • Basic first aid practices;
  • Basic mathematics;
  • Effective public service techniques;
  • Water line and irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, schedule, inspect, monitor and assist the work of an assigned crew;
  • Patch various types of cement surfaces and join cement and various types of street materials;
  • Correctly build forms, pour and finish cement surfaces to specification;
  • Effectively follow oral and written instructions;
  • Identify and effectively resolve technical problems related to work assignments;
  • Understand, follow and instruct others on work safety procedures and practices;
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications;
  • Physically perform sustained manual labor;
  • Safely and skillfully operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools and equipment required to complete work assignments;
  • Operate vehicles with automatic and manual transmissions observing legal and defensive driving practices;
  • Develop and maintain time and material records and produce a variety of reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work;
  • Perform essential duties of the job without causing harm to self or others. 
  • License/Certification Required

    Possess and maintain a valid California class B driver license with appropriate endorsements specific to work assignment.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: 
    Formal or informal education which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance; and a minimum of two (2) years of  experience performing cement finishing and concrete work.

    Special Requirements 

    Physical Requirements:  On a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification requires the ability to stoop, kneel, crawl and crouch, to reach, to stand for long periods of time; to walk; to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 75 pounds; to use finger dexterity and hand strength to operate and grasp tools and equipment; to repetitively use feet and hands to operate vehicles and/or equipment; to feel attributes of objects by touch; to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see within one to twenty feet with a good field of vision and to distinguish basic colors and shades of color.   On an occasional basis, incumbents must climb ladders and/or scaffolding; sit for extended periods while operating vehicles and/or equipment; and maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or moving surfaces.
    Work Environment:  Essential duties of this classification are primarily performed in a field environment under various weather conditions.  Work is performed on a daily basis in an atmosphere of constant noise; on slippery or uneven surfaces; around moving objects and vehicles; around machinery with moving parts; and with hands in water. On a daily basis incumbents are exposed to dust, silica, fumes, smoke or gases, grease, oils, and pesticides; and occasionally work is performed below ground and incumbents are subjected to vibration and exposed to solvents, chemicals and/or electrical energy.
    Career Ladder Information
    Experience gained in the classification of Cement Finisher may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Public Works Supervisor.