Cement Mason Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Cement Mason Do?

Cement masons finish the exposed concrete surfaces on many types of construction projects from finishing patios, floors and sidewalks to work on dams, concrete highways and airport runways. Cement masons do concrete work in the residential field (basement and driveway work) but the majority of their work is in commercial and industrial buildings. They spread concrete to specified depth and workable consistency using a float to bring water to the surface and produce soft topping. They level, smooth and shape surfaces of freshly poured concrete using straightedge, float or power screed. They finish concrete surfaces using power trowel, or wet and rub concrete with abrasive stone to impart finish. They remove rough or defective spots from concrete surfaces using power grinder or chisel and hammer. They patch holes with fresh concrete or epoxy compound and mold expansion joints and edges using edging tool, jointer and straightedge. They install seamless composition floors and install and finish epoxy-based coatings or polyester-based linings to all surfaces when same are applied by rolling, brushing, spraying or troweling. They apply penetrating sealer or protective primer coatings to concrete floors and steps when such is a part of the cement finishing process. Cement masons also install self-leveling gypsum floors and sets all screeds. They may sprinkle colored stone chips, powdered steel or coloring powder on concrete to produce prescribed finish. They produce rough concrete surface using a broom, may mix cement using a hoe or concrete mixing machine and may direct subgrade work, mix concrete and set curb, gutter, sidewalk and pavement forms one (1) board high up to twelve (12) inches.

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What Are the Working Conditions?

The outdoor work requires prolonged standing, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, squatting, bending and lifting heavy materials weighing up to 100 lbs. The physical ability is a very serious consideration since this is a daily requirement until retirement. Cement Masons must be able to tolerate loud noise, exposure to all types of weather and high exposed areas, and tolerate repetitive reaching and handling motion.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
WI River Valley Area Masonry JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Ben Stahlecker
Northeast WI Area Masonry JAC P.O. Box 19042
Green Bay, WI 54307-9042
Phone: (920) 437-9311
Fax: (920) 437-6091
Burt Harding

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding

Ben Stahlecker
Northwestern WI Area Masonry JAC 2233 Birch Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 835-5164
Fax: (715) 835-7788
Travis Ludvigson
WI River Valley Area Masonry JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Ben Stahlecker

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Destree
Sandy Martin
Madison Area Cement Masonry JAC 1201 Post Rd
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 288-0599
Fax: (608) 288-0598
Debbie Schanke
Milwaukee Area Cement Masonry JAC 2360 N. 124th St. #200
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 607-6967
Fax: (414) 607-6974
Sandy Martin
Tri-County Area Trowel Trades JAC 3030 39th Av
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-1680
Sandy Martin

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan

Mary Harrington
La Crosse Area Masonry JAC 1920 Ward Ave Suite 2
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 787-0500
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Cement Masonry JAC 1201 Post Rd
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 288-0599
Fax: (608) 288-0598
Debbie Schanke

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Carpentry trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/cement-mason-and-terrazzo-workers.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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