Cement masons

Cement masons smooth and finish exposed concrete surfaces on projects such as walls, floors, steps, sidewalks, driveways and roads. The bulk of the work is in commercial and industrial building.

Working conditions

Since most of the work is done outdoors, working conditions are governed by weather. The work is active and strenuous, with most of the work done on the ground or at floor level. The cement mason's knowledge of materials is essential to the quality of work. A cement mason must know the working characteristics of various cement and concrete mixes. In addition, because of the effects that heat, cold and wind have on the curing of cement, the skilled mason must recognize by sight and touch what is occurring in the cement mixture, in order to prevent defects.

General qualifications

  • Age - Minimum age is 18.
  • Education - High school graduate or GED.
  • Good physical condition - Must be able to perform the work of the trade.

Admission requirements

  • Birth certificate or other proof of age.
  • Transcripts (high school).
  • Personal interview.

Terms of apprenticeship training

  • Length of program - 3 years/5,600 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Related training- minimum of 432 hours of annual classroom training.

Recommended high school courses

  • General mathematics.
  • Algebra.
  • Geometry.
  • Mechanical drawing.