Cement Masons

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    The Work
    Cement masons are responsible for all concrete construction, including pouring and finishing of slabs, steps, wall tops, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, paving and other concrete construction. They handle terrazzo, magnasite, epoxy, polymer and other plastic materials for topping repair and injection. Cement masons are responsible for all preparation and repairing of concrete. They also set forms and pins for slabs, steps, curbs and gutters, and paving.

    Working Conditions
    A cement mason must be physically fit and may be required to carry and handle weights of up to 100 pounds. The job often demands eight hours of continuous physical labor. Teamwork is essential as well as self-discipline when working alone. Fine craftsmanship skills, precision and finesse are also necessary qualities.

    The Apprenticeship
    The program consists of 4000-6000 hours of on-the-job training. Another 144 to 168 hours of classroom instruction is required per year. To remain in good standing an apprentice must fulfill the educational requirements and make steady progress.

    Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

    • High school diploma or GED.
    • Physically able to do the work of the trade.
    • Valid Washington State driver's license.
    • Reliable transportation.
    • Social Security card.

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