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Want to build a successful career in the precast concrete industry?

As a professional in the precast space, your work helps create our nation’s infrastructure through sustainable buildings and bridges made with one of the most durable materials available in construction.

The precast space affords many opportunities for advancement to construct a long, rewarding career in several different fields, including carpentry, project management, and engineering, among others. As a fast-growing industry, it’s looking to welcome talented employees and leaders, offering full-time jobs with fair compensation, full benefits, year-round work, and entry-level roles that start at $15 an hour.

Ready to learn more? Browse our Career Center for more details and reach out to the PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter for any specific questions you may have about building a career in precast.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Concrete Production Team Member

Concrete laborers are part of the fabrication team and handle the setup, stripping, and pouring of concrete for the purpose of building transportation elements, parking garages, schools, healthcare facilities, and office or retail buildings. Primary duties include cleaning and preparing casting beds and forms and placing and finishing concrete products. Daily responsibilities include reviewing prints with attention to detail, setting up forms using a tape measure, gathering parts for form layout, and placing steel and concrete in forms.

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Requirements: A high school diploma or general equivalent (GED). Basic math and measurement skills as well as knowledge of various hand, power, and measurement tools. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a team environment are critical. Prior concrete or construction experience is helpful, but not required. Familiarity with reading blueprints a plus. Must have a strong work ethic with a passion for creating high-quality work with top-level safety awareness.

Similar Positions: Precast Fabrication Worker, Production Laborer, Concrete Manufacturing Technician, Batch Plant Operator, Yard Laborer, Quality Control Technician

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Carpenter

Carpenters perform production labor work necessary to assist with the manufacture of high quality concrete products including, but not limited to, wall panels, highway traffic barriers, columns, and sound walls. Responsibilities include constructing forms from blueprints for the production of precast concrete pieces inside a facility; managing all aspects of the layout, cutting of raw materials, assembly of forms, nailing, measuring and confirming dimensional layouts; and ensuring the support of precast piece detail changes to ensure the team meets the daily production schedule.

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Requirements: Previous carpentry, cabinet-making, construction or framing experience, ability to operate machinery safely, experience reading and interpreting blueprints, basic math skills along with the ability to read a tape measure down to 1/16th of an inch, proven experience using handheld carpentry and power tools to build structures, commitment to working in a team-focused environment, and a strong work ethic with a passion for creating high quality work with top-level safety awareness.

Similar Positions: Field Finisher/Patcher, Production Team Member, Yard Laborer/Yard Team Member, Welder

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Truck Driver

Deliver precast concrete products to various customers in the region in a safe and timely manner based on a pre-determined schedule. Offers a 40-hour work week.

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Requirements: Must have a Class A-CDL license with a minimum of two (2) years of flatbed trailer experience. Must meet DOT requirements. Local hauls and solid schedules. Some overnight stays will be required. Must have the ability to work as part of a team and be part of the company's safety-first culture. Must have a stable work history, with direct experience of tying down loads and a desire and ability to problem solve and be focused on making improvements.

Similar Positions: CDL Class A Truck Driver, Off Road Non-CDL Truck Driver, Equipment Operator / Forklift Operator / Crane Operator, Maintenance Mechanic

Finisher

Finishers perform special finishes, repair engineering errors and damaged product, and effect repair to precast concrete components. Daily responsibilities include performing off-bed (dry) finishing work; reading engineered drawings; repairing damaged members requiring form work; performing major repair work due to design and engineering errors to structural members; performing patch work to architectural members having exposed aggregate or special form finishes; repairing concrete products that have plates left out or installed in wrong location; performing steel trowel, rake top, broom and light broom on finishes on bed when needed; stripping, cleaning, and oiling bed and place reinforcement in production areas as directed; and sandblasting product to obtain appearance that is required on shop cards.

Requirements: A high school diploma or general equivalent (GED) preferred; or one to three months related experience and/or training. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, work individually or on a team, and have an attention to detail and accuracy. Must be highly dependable with strong work ethic, be able to use standard construction tools, and be able to adapt to changes in work schedules, tasks, or processes.

Similar Positions: Concrete Finisher, Specialty Finisher

OFFICE

Drafter/CAD Tech/BIM Modeler

Drafters produce precast wall panel elevations, a design set for the engineer, an approval set for the customer, and a final set for field use along with production drawings and steel drawings for plant and vendor use. Responsibilities include designing and preparing electronic (CAD) working plans, charts, and/or scale drawings for complex projects from observation, measurements, sketches, and specifications; preparing layouts, charts, detailed scale drawings, and material and equipment requirements from sketches, specifications, and standard layouts provided by customers, consultants, and/or departmental contacts; reviewing and manipulating electronic files received from consultants and departmental contacts; coordinating drafting work with engineers and architects; revising computer-aided designs and plans to comply with modified specifications made during actual construction; providing technical guidance and direction to the drafting staff in the interpretation and implementation of specifications and requirements and the procurement and use of CAD files; identifying problems or inconsistencies in the plans, data, and specifications; consulting with engineers as needed to resolve questions; and procuring CAD and Revit files.

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Requirements: Associate degree in design, architecture, or related field with coursework in computer-aided design (CAD). Minimum 2 years' drafting experience. Knowledge of AutoCAD, BeamWiz, TeeWiz, and Revit a plus. Must be able to efficiently read blueprints and drawings and create detailed electronic (CAD) working plans from data.

Estimator

Estimators analyze contract documents, plans, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to determine costs associated with precast concrete scope by performing several essential duties. An estimator reviews contract documents to determine precast scope of work. Types of projects would normally include parking garages, warehouses, schools, jails, prisons or other facilities requiring innovative concrete products. They also perform accurate takeoff of precast components; utilize Excel spreadsheets to determine plant, freight, and field operations costs associated with the project; prepare estimates to be used by management, sales, planning, engineering, and field operations in scheduling work, preparing bids; consults with clients, vendors, or other individuals to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues as requested by sales personnel; conduct special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost date of effect cost reductions; interface with others to obtain support and commitment to cost estimates; visualize or create 3D precast concept from 2D contract drawings; understand engineering concepts regarding general structural concepts, connections, component limitations, and constructability; and have daily contact with fellow employees in other units of the company, top management, customers and vendors or suppliers.

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Requirements: Associates degree or an equivalent combination of experience and training. One to three or more years of related experience.

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Project Manager/Design Engineer

A project manager manages precast/prestressed concrete construction projects from point of sale to project closeout to ensure customer requirements and business plan performance objectives are met. The overall process includes engineering, drawing, manufacturing, delivering and installing all the structure’s concrete members. Responsibilities include maintaining enough frequency of communication with and input from all relevant parties to ensure that project plans are being met; ensuring all documentation is in place to begin and continue invoicing in a timely manner and assisting in the collection of outstanding payments as required. They are also responsible for contract review, negotiation, and execution and ensuring applicable terms, conditions, and scope information are consistent with the intent of a proposal and have been appropriately disseminated within the division. They are responsible for ensuring all contract terms are complied with in the execution of the work and for monitoring the project for changes for which change orders will be negotiated and executed in a timely manner per the terms of the contract; for understanding customers’ requirements as accommodated by a proposal and creating project schedules to meet said requirements with the input of the appropriate functional areas of the operation; for facilitating meetings for the purpose of conveying necessary information and establishing the necessary plans to ensure the successful outcomes of all projects; for ensuring appropriate field safety and quality assurance measures are followed; for securing specific project information or materials, or any other task necessary to keep established production and field schedules intact; for ensuring all close-out documentation has been submitted and that project files are appropriately archived once final payment is made; and for convening project post-mortem meetings to review the project with the appropriate functional areas for the purpose of identifying non-conformances, root causes and appropriate corrective actions.

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Requirements: Four-year college degree in engineering, construction, or business or comparable work experience. Three to five or more years with exposure to engineering and/or operations.

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TOURS & LECTURES

PLANT TOURS

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