A Day in the Life of a Concrete Leveling Technician
As a concrete leveling technician at A-1, no one day is the same as the next. Every day presents an opportunity for different hands-on jobs, interactions with different people, and different skills to be learned and acquired.
On the job as a concrete leveling technician, you’ll be responsible for getting things done, seeing things through, and ensuring results are what they should be.
The concrete leveling technician role can be extraordinarily rewarding, as you get to see a tangible transformation take place right before your eyes, and you end every day with seeing many satisfied customers.
If you are someone who enjoys hands-on work and the satisfaction of seeing the tangible results of your labor, then becoming a concrete leveling technician might be the perfect fit for you.
In the meantime, you may be wondering exactly what a concrete leveling technician at A-1 does, day in and day out.
This article will briefly walk you through how A-1 does concrete leveling, explain what your day as a concrete leveling technician will look like, and give you additional information on our training and development philosophy.
How does A-1 level concrete?
To understand what a concrete leveling technician does throughout the day it’s important to get a feel for how concrete leveling works first.
Concrete leveling is also sometimes called concrete raising or slab jacking, and there are a few popular methods for getting it done.
You may have heard of foam leveling (or “poly jacking”), and mud jacking, but here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we primarily use our own patented process and limestone slurry grout to lift settled slabs.
Here is the process explained:
- Holes are drilled in strategic locations in the affected slabs, throughout the area with settled concrete.
- The limestone slurry leveling compound is mixed up and pumped from the truck into the holes that were drilled before. The pressure from the limestone grout lifts the sunken slabs, and the concrete leveling technician moves around lifting the slab from each hole.
- The holes are filled and patched, leaving the customer with solid and level concrete.
Your Day as a Concrete Leveling Technician
Throughout the day, you’ll work in teams of two (three during training periods) to visit between 1-5 properties per day, depending on the jobs you’re assigned.
Each team functions independently and is responsible for completing their assigned jobs. They must also see that all repairs are done the right way, ensuring a great result for the customer.
1. Starting the Day in the Shop
You’ll start your day by reviewing your daily job assignments and by going over the specifics related to each of them.
You’ll also get your truck prepared with the materials and specific tools necessary to go out and accomplish each job.
After you’ve prepped the truck and understood the jobs you’re responsible for, you and your teammate will be out on your own completing your assigned jobs throughout the day.
While you and your teammate will be working to complete the jobs on your own, we never throw anyone out in the deep end. You’ll have the support of the office, sales representatives, and management to remotely help you through to the completion of each job.
2. Driving to the Job
When driving to the job, you will utilize a service management platform to have all details of the day’s jobs on a company phone that stays in the truck. This platform allows you to navigate to each job and review the details when needed.
The A-1 Concrete Leveling trucks are small enough that a CDL is not required, but we must have eligible drivers that are able to pass a required Department of Transportation physical.
3. Arriving at the Site
When you get to the job site, you’ll greet the customer and review the work that will take place both with them and independently.
You should have everything you need to be prepared before arriving on-site, but you will need a little time to orient yourself at each new location.
Our goal is for you to show up to the job and have all the details you need without any surprises, but due to the nature of the job, sometimes things will pop up that you weren’t expecting. That’s okay! The A-1 management team is here to help you solve any problems as they arise.
4. Leveling the Concrete
To actually perform the concrete leveling repair, there are two primary concrete leveling technician roles: mixing assistant and truck lead.
Both of these team members are responsible for different tasks during the leveling process.
The mixing assistant mixes the limestone slurry material at the back of the truck to the consistency needed for properly lifting concrete. Once leveling begins, they will continue to keep the pump flowing throughout the duration of the repair.
The mixing assistant also helps with drilling and patching holes when needed, as well as caulking/crack repair and general site cleanup.
The truck lead is responsible for drilling the holes and prepping the work area to be leveled, and controlling where and how much leveling compound is being injected to perform the lifting.
They also perform hole patching, crack repair, and site cleanup. In addition, the truck lead is the main communicator to customers about what’s going on and any changes or complications that arise as the work is being performed.
5. Finishing the Job
Once the job is complete, you’ll review the completed work with the customer and collect payment if the customer would like to pay in person.
You’ll make sure everything is cleaned up, then move on to the next job, and repeat the process depending on how many jobs you have assigned to you that day.
6. Calling it a Day
At the end of the day, you’ll clean out pump equipment and hoses, organize the truck, and get everything ready to go for the next day.
Before leaving for the day, you may also need to do some truck maintenance, like helping to change oils, fluids, and filters or replacing the wearable parts in the pumping equipment. Some help with general clean-up/organization tasks around the truck shop is required as well.
After a day full of many different moving parts, you’re ready to go home and relax!
Training and Development
Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we don’t expect anyone to show up to their first day of work knowing how to lift concrete like a pro, or even knowing where to start.
This is why we do hands-on training and support our concrete leveling technicians both while they’re learning, and after they’ve become experienced.
We teach people from the ground up how to do this type of work, and we take pride in seeing our technicians learn new skills and master the art of concrete leveling.
As a concrete leveling technician, you have the opportunity to see how your work impacts others firsthand, and you get to see variety in your interactions, results, and skills gained every day.
A-1 Concrete Leveling has been in the business of leveling concrete for over thirty years, and we are excited to continue growing our team with hardworking and dedicated concrete leveling technicians.
If you feel like you can see yourself as a concrete leveling technician based on the day-to-day responsibilities described in this article, don’t hesitate to apply for a career with A-1!
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As Operations Manager at A-1 Wichita, John knows everything about everything when it comes to concrete leveling. He's also often found around town doing estimates and helping homeowners understand the best options for fixing the concrete around their house. John is a former Marine and has been with A-1 since 2017.