Cement masons smooth and finish poured concrete. They work on foundations of buildings, in highway construction, and on sidewalks, driveways, and patios. They help make concrete beams, columns, and panels. Cement masons are needed wherever a finished surface of concrete is poured. They also apply latex and epoxy to floors. Cement masons can create colored surfaces by applying tinted cement.
Education and Certifications
A three- or four-year apprenticeship program is the best way to train to become a cement mason. A high school diploma is usually not necessary, but anyone who wants to enter a formal apprenticeship program should take a high school math course.
Blueprint reading and mechanical drawing courses are also helpful. Apprentices have to be at least eighteen years old, in good health, and able to work well with their hands. Masons work alone or as part of a team.
While working on the job, apprentices attend school. They must have at least 144 hours of classroom instruction during the year. In these classes, apprentices learn drafting, mathematics, and basic science. They study local building codes and learn to estimate material costs.
Essential Career Information
In 2015, the average annual wage in Alabama was $33,490 with most people making between $25,650 and $49,200.
- $33,290.00 - Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
- $38,430.00 - Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractor
- $41,320.00 - Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
- $41,770.00 - Nonresidential Building Construction
- $39,440.00 - Other Specialty Trade Contractor
- $40,500.00 - Residential Building Construction
- Critical Thinking Skills. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Active Listening Skills. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Communication Skills. Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Monitoring. Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.