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Cement Mason

WHAT HE DOES:

The principal work of the Cement Mason is finishing the exposed concrete surfaces on many types of construction projects. These projects range from small jobs such as finishing patios, floors and sidewalks to work on huge dams, miles of concrete highways, foundations, walls of large buildings, and airport runways. The Cement Mason also sets sidewalk forms, curb forms and pipe screeds and is involved with super flat floors. Tools of the Cement Mason include float trowel edgers, jointers to finish concrete, hammer, saws, levels to build forms and transit instruments.

The Cement Mason levels, smooths and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete. Although they are involved in home building with basement and driveway work, the bulk of their work is commercial and industrial building.

The Cement Mason’s knowledge of his materials is essential to the quality of work. He must know the working characteristics of various cement and concrete mixes. In addition, because of the effects of heat, cold and wind, the skilled Mason must recognize by sight and touch what is occurring in the cement mixture so that he may be able to prevent defects.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Age - minimum 17 years
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade
  • High school graduate or equivalent

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE:

  • High school transcript
  • Diploma or certificate of equivalency
  • Birth certificate
  • Participate in a personal interview

TERMS OF APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

  • Length of Indentureship - 6000 hours
  • Minimum hours of related classroom instruction - 150 hours each year
  • Indentured to the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSES:

  • General Math
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Mechanical Drawing
     





 

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