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    Cement Mason

Cement Mason Apprenticeship Program

Read blueprints, then observe jobsite to develop a plan to start and complete the job. Start prep-work which may include excavating material as well as bringing material in to get the subgrade to specifications. Then start the layout for the forms to correct height & position on the ground. Once forms are placed and subgrade is prepared, then, if required, structural reinforcement such as wire-mesh or rebar will be placed in accordance to the blueprints. After the site is prepared, cement will then be brought in to be placed at correct depth and height determined by the blueprints. When the correct curing time for the hardening of the cement is desired, only then can the finishing of the cement begin which involves floating and troweling the cement with hand- or walking tools, and sometimes involves the use of a machine of various types. Some cement finishes may require a broom finish and a curing compound sprayed on top. On rare occasions a stamping pattern may also be required. 


Average Salary in New Mexico based on the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Who Can Be a Cement Mason?

Must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply, and possibly possess a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program: standing, bending, walking, lifting, balancing, climbing ladders and scaffolding, carrying tools and equipment, etc. Work is typically performed outside, so the working conditions coincide with the weather, which include extreme heat or cold. Hazards could be falls from slipping or tripping, possible cave-in if inside a hole, getting hit by others by hand tools or forms, traffic from heavy equipment. Involves working outdoors the majority of the time with exposure to various weather conditions (heat and cold). Must have documentation verifying legal residence and employability. Out of town travel will be required and possibly out of state travel.

*Individual program requirements may vary, such as pass a placement exam, have reliable transportation, letters of reference, etc. Contact the program directly to inquire about minimum requirements and the application process.

Program Sponsor

AGC New Mexico Multi-Trade Apprenticeship Program

1615 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Charissa Inman, 505-842-1464, Cinman@agc-nm.org

NM Conference of Plasterers & Cement Masons
108 General Arnold NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Epifanio Parraz

To obtain general information about registered apprenticeship, please fill out the form below and a representative from the State Apprenticeship Office will contact you by email.

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