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Most masons have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn either on the job or through an apprenticeship program. Others learn through masonry programs at technical schools.Education
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most masons. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and vocational education are considered useful.
Many technical schools offer programs in basic masonry. These programs operate both independently and in conjunction with apprenticeship training. The credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree. Some people take courses before being hired, and some take them later as part of on-the-job training.Training
A 3- to 4-year apprenticeship is how most masons learn the trade. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the future, apprenticeships are expected to focus more on proven competencies than time-in-training and therefore the duration of apprenticeships may decrease.
Apprentices learn construction basics such as blueprint reading; mathematics, including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions; building code requirements; and safety and first-aid practices.
Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:
Some contractors have their own training programs for masons. Although workers may enter apprenticeships directly, some masons start out as construction helpers. The Home Builders Institute and the International Masonry Institute offer pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including masonry.
After completing an apprenticeship program, masons are considered journey workers and are able to perform tasks on their own.Important Qualities
Color vision. Terrazzo workers must be able to distinguish between small variations in color when setting terrazzo patterns in order to produce the best looking finish.
Hand-eye coordination. Workers must be able to apply smooth, even layers of mortar, set bricks, and remove any excess before the mortar hardens.
Math skills. Cement masons use their knowledge of math—including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions—when they mix their own mortar.
Physical stamina. Brickmasons must keep a steady pace while setting bricks all day. Although no individual brick is extremely heavy, the constant lifting can be tiring.
Physical strength. Workers must be strong enough to lift more than 50 pounds. They must also carry heavy tools, equipment, and other materials, such as bags of mortar and grout.
Visualization. Stonemasons must be able to see how stones fit together in order to build attractive and stable structures.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Best Concrete Mix Corporation||NY||Feb 04, 2013||$74,318|
|Concrete Finisher||J.C. Contracting, Inc.||Bloomfield, NJ||Mar 05, 2015||$70,749|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||San's Construction Co., Inc.||Nutley, NJ||Feb 13, 2013||$54,533|
|Cement Mason & Concrete Finisher||Ferraro Landscape Co., Inc.||Mamaroneck, NY||May 15, 2015||$53,552|
|Concrete Finisher||30 30 Concrete, Inc.||MN||Apr 22, 2014||$50,401|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||European Masonry Contractors, Inc.||Danbury, CT||Aug 08, 2014||$49,213|
|Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher||J & J Concrete Foundations, Inc.||Danbury, CT||Aug 04, 2015||$48,256|
|Concrete Finisher||Gull Corporation||Leesburg, VA||Nov 16, 2016||$47,882|
|Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher||WMC Contracting Co., Inc.||Trenton, TN||Dec 10, 2014||$47,237|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||WMC Contracting Co., Inc.||Trenton, TN||Sep 22, 2014||$47,237|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Facility Specialists, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Apr 24, 2013||$46,675|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Chris Waldner and Son's Construction||MN||Apr 01, 2015||$46,582|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Do-Val Framing Corp.||Warren, NJ||Feb 20, 2013||$45,956|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Delaney Concrete Construction, Inc.||Elkridge, MD||Mar 11, 2014||$44,491|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Coloscapes Concrete, Inc.||CO||Apr 01, 2015||$37,837|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Command Construction Inc.||Kensett, AR||Jul 16, 2014||$37,566 -
|Concrete Finisher||Brown Brothers Asphalt and Concrete, LLC||Centennial, CO||May 04, 2015||$37,566|
|Concrete Finisher||Fort Myer Construction Corporation||Washington, DC||Jul 11, 2016||$37,232|
|Concrete Finisher||Northern Improvement Company||ND||May 12, 2015||$37,065|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Rodriguez Construction ORG, LLC||CO||Apr 01, 2015||$36,752|
|Concrete Finisher||Brown Brothers Asphalt & Concrete, LLC||CO||Aug 26, 2015||$36,752|
|Concrete Finisher||Winn Construction, Inc.||ND||Apr 01, 2015||$36,606|
|Concrete Finisher||LBL Gunite of Tulsa LP||OK||Feb 01, 2014||$31,075|
|Concrete Finishers||Wm Construction, Inc.||LA||Apr 01, 2014||$30,575|
|Concrete Finishers||Wm Construction, Inc.||LA||Oct 01, 2013||$30,575|
|Concrete Finishers||Wm Construction, Inc.||LA||Oct 01, 2014||$30,575|
|Concrete Finisher||Reyes Concrete Co., LLC||VA||Apr 01, 2013||$30,470|
|Concrete Finishers||Roman Concrete Inc.||TX||Oct 01, 2014||$30,387|
|Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||Chris Waldner and Son's Construction||SD||Apr 01, 2015||$30,032|
|Concrete Finisher||BBC Foundations & Flatwork LLC||Carleton, MI||May 01, 2015||$29,802|
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