Concrete Repair Technician: How to Work Independently and as Part of a Team

Sarah Etler

Sarah Etler joined A-1 Concrete Leveling after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Kentucky University. As A-1's Content Marketing Manager, she works closely with industry experts to produce content that will best answer questions related to concrete repair and maintenance practices. Sarah loves living a life full of discovery and is excited every day to see what new things she can learn and share with those around her.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Learn practical tips for working well both independently and as part of a team in your role as a concrete repair technician.

Being a concrete repair technician is a unique job that provides the opportunity for both individual responsibility and teamwork on a daily basis. 

Whether you’re out on the job lifting a customer’s settled concrete driveway or leveling out their sunken pool deck, there will be times when it’s up to you to work on your own. And, there will be other times when you’re getting it all done with your teammate by your side. 

Concrete leveling technician pumping concrete leveling compound under settled sidewalk

Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we want to set our employees up for success, and for that reason, we’ve created this list of skills and behaviors that can help you get the most out of the job at hand when working both alone or on a team.

Related: A Day in the Life of a Concrete Repair Technician

Show an Eagerness to Learn

Your willingness to put yourself out there in order to learn new things will help you immensely in your role as a concrete repair technician, especially because there is so much opportunity to learn from fellow coworkers. 

There is also something to be said for getting out of your comfort zone and learning something new – the more eager you are to build on top of what you already know, the more experience you’ll gain and make your days more enjoyable and efficient.

It’s okay to slow down in an effort to learn new skills and improve your abilities. As you learn more about the job, processes, and ways of doing things, you’ll be more comfortable doing them on your own and when collaborating with others.

Anticipate What’s Next

Once you’ve gotten a handle on the processes and rhythm of the job, you’ll get a feel for what to expect during different parts of the process.

This can allow you to prepare and get set up for the next step of a repair while the current step is still underway, or allow you to get started on a new task while your teammate does another.

You’ll notice pretty quickly as a concrete repair technician that while some processes must be completed in a certain order, many tasks can be done out of sequence. This means that if your partner is working on one thing, you can get other things done in the meantime.

When you can anticipate what’s next and find time in between or during different steps in the process, you’ll be able to work more efficiently on your own, or knock out more when working with additional team members.

Get to Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

By being aware of both your own strengths and weaknesses and those of the others on your team, you’ll be able to divide up the duties and responsibilities where they best fit.

By taking charge of the tasks where you excel, you can leave those that take you longer or aren’t your strong suit to other members of the team who may be better in those areas.

When working solo, being aware of your strengths and weaknesses can help you organize your priorities so you can work more efficiently. It’s also a great way for you to learn where you need to improve and challenge yourself vs. where to be more conservative and efficient with your time.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses allows you to slow down and ask for help or guidance when needed, as well. Asking questions and not having all the answers is okay and encouraged as long as you are learning and growing.

Lead With a Serving-first Mentality

The goal behind all we do here at A-1 is to serve our customers day in and day out. When we come to work in the morning and climb in the concrete leveling trucks, it’s always for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of our customers.

When you have this in mind as you approach your work day, the job becomes more rewarding and enjoyable.

You can also extend this serving-first mentality to coworkers as you go throughout your day. If everyone aims to help each other out and serve their fellow team members, everyone’s experience in the workplace will be better.

Hold Yourself and Your Teammates Accountable

Paying attention to all the details of the job, taking responsibility for what needs to be done, and making sure deadlines are met are some of what goes into being accountable for the work at hand.

When you are working alone, you can have personal accountability for your individual tasks. Making sure they get done efficiently and correctly helps speed up the process, and holding yourself accountable for the quality of your work is crucial to your success in this role.

Holding your teammates accountable, and them doing the same for you, is also an essential part of your job as a concrete repair technician. 

You will be able to work together to build each other up and make each other better every day by pointing out when things are done well, and by providing constructive feedback when there is an improvement to be made.

Now what?

After learning a few of the actions you can take to make your experience working as a concrete repair technician better, both during independent work and when working on a team, you’re ready to put them in place in your day-to-day.

It’s always great to be learning and growing both as a person and an employee, and here at A-1, we believe that creating an environment where that’s not only encouraged but part of the job is an important part of helping our employees succeed.

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Sarah Etler

Sarah Etler joined A-1 Concrete Leveling after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Kentucky University. As A-1's Content Marketing Manager, she works closely with industry experts to produce content that will best answer questions related to concrete repair and maintenance practices. Sarah loves living a life full of discovery and is excited every day to see what new things she can learn and share with those around her.