What a Cement Mason Does

The primary work of the Cement Mason is finishing the exposed concrete surfaces on many types of construction projects. These projects range from small jobs such as finishing patios, floors and sidewalks to working on commercial, industrial and public buildings, miles of highways and airport landing sites. The Cement Mason levels, smoothes and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete. Although they are involved in home building with driveway, sidewalk and basement work, the bulk of their work is commercial and industrial building. They also set forms in which the concrete is poured. Their basic tools are the straight-edge, trowel, bull float, hand float, edgers, jointers, hammers, hand saws, spirit levels and power trowels.

The Cement Mason's knowledge of trade materials is essential to the quality of work. The skilled Mason must know the working characteristics of various cement and concrete mixes. In addition, because of the effects that heat, cold, and wind have on the curing of cement, the skilled Mason must recognize by sight and touch that which is occurring in the cement mixture to prevent defects.

Working Conditions
Since most of the work is done outdoors, working conditions are governed by the weather. The work is active and strenuous with most of the work done on the ground or the floor level. The worker is required to stoop, bend, or kneel. Cement Masons work under more pressure, probably, than any other building tradesperson. Once cement is poured, it must be worked before it sets regardless of the time of day or climatic conditions.

Interest And Temperament
Persons entering this occupation should receive satisfaction of tangible results from a job well done. They must be able to work without close supervision and be able to adapt to a wide variety of working conditions. They must be willing to stay on the job until it is finished once the cement is poured.

Apprentice Wage Range: $13,000 - $29,250
Journeyman Wage Range: $32,500 - $41,150

For More Information Contact:
Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 692 (260) 484-2299