Cement Mason

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade

Description

  • Check formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials and direct placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces according to grade
  • Fill hollows and remove high spots, smooth freshly poured concrete
  • Operate power vibrator to compact concrete
  • Level top surface of concrete according to grade and depth specifications using straightedge or float
  • Impart desired finish to concrete surfaces using hand and power tools
  • Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete
  • Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete
  • Waterproof, damp-proof and restore concrete surfaces
  • Repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of floors, walls, roads, curbs and other concrete structures

Personal Qualities

  • You work outdoors in changeable climatic conditions
  • You are exposed to water, noises and vibrations
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are in good physical condition
  • You have some artistic ability and the ability to pay attention to detail
  • You enjoy working with hand and power tools

Career Opportunities

  • Employed on a project-by-project basis or work for a construction company
  • Many cement masons have their own businesses
  • Small, medium and large companies, unionized and non-unionized, employ masons on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 8, however most employers require Grade 10
  • Completion of a 3 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
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