Terrazzo Worker/Finisher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Applies a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Measures designated amounts of ingredients for terrazzo or grout according to standard formulas and specifications, using graduated containers and scales, and load ingredients into portable mixer.
  • Grinds surfaces with a power grinder or polishes surfaces with polishing or surfacing machines.
  • Cuts metal division strips and presses them into the terrazzo base for joints or changes of color to form designs or patterns or to help prevent cracks.
  • Blends marble chip mixtures, places into panels, and pushes a roller over the surface to embed the chips.
  • Modifies mixing, grouting, grinding, or cleaning procedures, according to type of installation or material used.
  • Spreads, levels, or smooths concrete or terrazzo mixtures to form bases or finished surfaces, using rakes, shovels, hand or power trowels, hand or power screeds, or floats.
  • Grinds curved surfaces or areas inaccessible to surfacing machine, such as stairways or cabinet tops, with portable hand grinder.
  • Washes polished terrazzo surface, using cleaner and water, and applies sealer and curing agent according to manufacturer's specifications, using brush or sprayer.
  • Positions and secures moisture membrane and wire mesh in preparation for pouring base materials for terrazzo installation.
  • Fills slight grinding depressions with matching grout material and hand trowels for a smooth, uniform surface.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Grinder --
  • Installer --
  • Terrazzo Finisher --
  • Terrazzo Grinder --
  • Terrazzo Installer --
  • Terrazzo Journeyman --
  • Terrazzo Laborer --
  • Terrazzo Mechanic --
  • Terrazzo Tile Setter --
  • Terrazzo Worker --