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So you want to a career as a craftsman?
As a cement mason apprentice, you can expect to learn all phases of concrete finishing including but not limited to: preparation, setting screeds, forms, layout and mixing materials; troweling, rodding, edging, tamping, and jointing. You will learn to set-up and finish steps, cove base, curb and gutter, stamped and stained concrete and decorative finishes. Also, sacking patching, dry packing, repairs and preparations; maching operation, concrete sawing, demolition; epoxy injection; mastic and magnesite; composite work; green concrete construction including but not limited to pervious and polished concrete.

The Apprentice
A cement mason apprentice can expect an array of classes and on-the-job training to help develop marketable job skills while receiving hourly wages and benefits. Complete guidance can be expected during the development of skill, integrity, and subsequently pride of work.

A cement mason apprentice can expect to work on a variety of construction projects. Some of the more notable construction projects worked on by union cement masons include Disneyland, Universal Studios, L.A. Live, The Home Depot Center, Southern California freeways, the Kodak Theatre, Library Tower, dams, bridges, school and government facilities, and countless more.

Given the diversity of projects, boredom as a cement mason is not likely.



Program Summary

  • Length of program is 4 years (Paid)
  • Complete 80 class hours
  • Complete 600 hours of on-the-job training per semester
  • Complete a total of 4,800 on-the-job training

Upon completion, become a cement mason journeyman and recognized with:

  • Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship by State of California
  • Certificate of Completion from U.S. Dept. of Labor-Office of Apprenticeship

How much can you earn as a union cement mason apprentice?
The Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program has eight different periods of wages and instruction. Each pay period consists of a minimum of eight classes at the present pay period and 600 hours of on-the-job training. This process must be completed for each of the eight pay periods before the apprentice can be considered for advancement to the next pay period.

1st Period 40% $12.00 hr. (based on journeyman $30.00)
2nd Period 45% $13.50 hr. (+ Benefits 1st, 2nd, 3rd Periods include:
Health & Welfare, Apprentice Training)
3rd Period 50% $15.00 hr. (+ Supplemental Dues, Industry Advancement, Contract Adminstration)
4th Period 55% $16.50 hr. (+ Fringe Package: $13.75)
5th Period 60% $18.00 hr. (+ Health & Welfare, App Training, Supplemental Dues, Vacation)
6th Period 70% $21.00 hr. (+ Industry Advancement, Contact Admin = Fringe Package $20.75)
7th Period 80% $24.00 hr.
8th Period 90% $27.00 hr. (+Health & Welfare, App Training, Supplemental Dues, Vacation, Pension, Defined IRA, Industry Advancement, Contract Administration)


Classroom Training
Training classes are held year-round and are mandatory for all apprentices. Under the guidance of an instructor, apprentices will receive training in the following classroom training:

  • History of Cement Industry
  • Labor and Management Relations
  • Forming
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Equipment and Small Engines
  • Basic Math, Measuring and Estimating
  • Builders Level, Laser Beam and Transit
  • Concrete Ingredients, Mixes and Admixture
  • Placing, Leveling and all Concrete Finishing Processes
  • Reading and Interpreting Blue Prints
  • Patching and Sacking
  • Epoxy, Epoxy Injection and Materials
  • Certifications, Endorsements and Safety Identification Cards

On-The-Job Training

Site Preparation 1,000 hours
Place and Finish Concrete 1,000 hours
Steps and Base 500 hours
Curb and Gutter (all types) 500 hours
Concrete Repair 350 hours
Machine Operation, Epoxy and Epoxy Injection 150 hours
Decorative Concrete 1,300 hours


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