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CEMENT MASONRY

CONSTRUCTION

As a cement mason, your job will include filling roads, driveways, sidewalks, bridges, foundations, and parking lots with cement. You will also make concrete beams, columns, and panels. *Cement Masonry is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships. 

Career Details

Skills

Students in Cement Masonry are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Set and align forms of concrete for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters.
  • Check the concrete forms to see that they are properly constructed.
  • Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete with a variety of hand and power tools.
  • Patch voids and use saws to cut expansions.

Career Options

Most Cement Masonry graduates go to work for construction firms or contractors. This team-oriented work environment makes it easy to learn on the job and make friends. Cement masons typically work normal, full-time business hours, but occasionally are on call on the weekends to finish big projects.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete Job Corps' basic Culinary Arts career technical training program
  • Have a ServSafe® Manager certification
  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be at least 17½ years old.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Have health clearance from the Job Corps center where they received basic training.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Cement Masonry Numbers to Know

$35K

National average earning potential for this career

18+

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Organizational skills
Physical strength
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Professionalism
Teamwork
Attention to detail
Concentration
Cooperation
Listening skills
Organizational skills
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Quick decision-making skills
Stress tolerance
Communication skills
Honesty
Organizational skills
Persistence
Physical strength
Quick decision-making skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills


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