What are the requirements for being a Cement Mason?
You must be at least 18 years of age and able to read and write in English. You must be physically able to perform the work of the trade. Finally, you must exercise good self-discipline and be willing to follow through on each and every project you undertake. Check our Services page to learn more about our apprenticeship program requirements.
What does a Cement Mason do?
Cement Masons work on a variety of concrete construction projects, i.e. schools, government facilities, freeways, dams, bridges, entertainment venues, parks and more. Cement Masons build the foundations of our society.
Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 18 years of age and be able to show proof of your age to apply. There is no maximum age to begin training.
Do I have to pay tuition? Do I have to buy books?
Tuition is handled through the apprenticeship sponsors. All you have to do is meet the minimum requirements. You will need to purchase curriculum and the required tools, listed below.
Do you need a high school diploma?
No, but we require you to be able to read and write in English.
If you are age 16 to 24 and haven't completed high school or didn't receive a diploma, there's an alternative: the OPCMIA Job Corps program, a federally-funded opportunity for youths to finish school and begin on the way to learning marketable skills in the construction trades. You can find eligibility rules and details on the program by visiting the Training option at www.opcmia.org.
Is this an "easy way out" as opposed to college?
No, the Cement Masons Apprenticeship is three (3) years of classroom and hands-on instruction. We prepare you for a career that takes commitment and dedication. Cement Masonry is physically demanding, however it is rewarding, personally and professionally.
What do I need to bring to training?
You must wear appropriate clothing to class. Tank tops, shorts, sport shoes and open-toed sandals are prohibited.
Necessary classroom materials like pens/pencils, textbooks, etc.
A hard hat and safety glasses to each class.
All required tools.
Your work record books to each class, for review.
Can I use public transportation to get to classes?
Public transportation is available within a reasonable distance from most of our training locations. Construction is a mobile occupation. Reliable personal transportation is necessary. We do not recommend relying on public transportation to get to job site locations.
What are the required tools?
(3) Three trowels (12x4, 16x4, 18x4), varying in size to fit work)
(1) One pointer (margin trowel)
(1) One set of coving tools (1 nose & 1 cove)
(1) One wood hand float (16 x 3 ½ resin or aluminum)
(1) One rubber float (orange 12 x 4)
(1) One hammer (18 oz)
(1) One sledge hammer (8 lbs)
(1) One hand saw (combination)
(3) Three hand edgers (1/4", 1/2" & 3/4" radius to match coving tools)
(1) One set of knee pads
(1) One set of knee boards
(1) One hand brush (paint brush)
(2) Two levels (1 pocket & 1-24" or longer – 48” preferred)
(1) One pair pliers w/side cutter
(1) One measuring tape (25’)
(1) One roll nylon cord (300’)
(1) One carpenters pencil
(1) One marking crayon
(1) One nail/tool apron
NOTE: These are the minimum tools required as defined in the Master Labor Agreement and must be obtained immediately upon entering the Northern California Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program.
Downloadable Form: Required List of Tools
The Northern California Cement Masons JATC recommends purchasing these tools at the following outlets:
How long does the program take?
You will complete 432 classroom hours and 4,200 hours of on-the-job training over the course of three (3) years.
What's big right now? Why is there such high demand?
Decorative, Pervious and Polished Concrete are a fast-growing part of the cement industry. With the growing population new homes are needed, so there's a big demand for things like driveways, foundations, concrete walkways and more.
How do I get to the training facility?
Follow this link and type in your address for directions: http://tinyurl.com/bk2kg
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Or, call us at 925-484-2271 and ask for directions.