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Union Cement Masons are responsible for all concrete construction, including setting forms, placing and finishing of slabs, steps, wall tops, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, paving and other concrete construction on buildings, highways, and sidewalks. In addition, they do gunite application, sand blasting, waterproofing, concrete sawing, scoring, and application of epoxy coatings.

Length36 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental, & vision for employee and dependants after 300 hours of work; pension, vacation after 6 months probationary period
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesNone
Physical requirementsMust be able to physically perform the work of the trade.
Additional requirementsProof of age i.e. birth certificate, Drivers License or CA Identification card.
Written or oral entry examsnone
Subjects studied by ApprenticesIndustry Orientation
Production & History of Cement
Workplace Safety & Health
Forming Tools
Hand & Special Tools
Small Engine Operation & Maintenance
Fundamental Math, Measuring & Estimating
Leveling & Transits
Site Layout
Ingredients & Designing Mixes
Specifications & Testing
Soil Conditions & Subgrade Prep
Edge Forms on Grade
On Grade Curb & Curb & Gitter Forms
Placing and Leveling Concrete
Floors, Sidewalks, Patios, Floors & Steps
Tools of Trade
Joints, Pavements, Curing & Protection
Tilt-up Panels, Precast & Post-Tensioned Concrete
Surface Defects, Structural Repair & Grouting, Sealants,
Epoxy & Specialty Coatings
Specialty Surface Finishes

Contact:   Northern California Cement Mason JATC 2350 Santa Rita Roas, Pleasanton, Ca, Mark Gonzalez.

Applications:  By appointment at Cement Masons, Local 400 in Sacramento.

How do new apprentices get their first job?   The applicant must seek his/her own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program

Additional information: See website for additional training center locations.