What does a Cement Mason (419A) do?

Cement Masons direct the pouring of concrete and smooth and finish freshly poured concrete.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about and applying safety legislation such as the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, and Construction Safety Act
  • Checking formwork, granulate base, and steel reinforcement and directing placement of concrete
  • Operating hand and power tools to compact and level concrete and to create the desired finish
  • Installing fixtures including anchor bolts, steel plates, and door sills
  • Repairing/replacing worn/damaged sections of concrete and applying curing/surface treatments
  • Keeping pace with work scheduling requirements and completing work documentation (time sheets, work orders) in a clear accurate way to company standards
  • Communicating effectively with customers, co-workers, supervisors, and sub-trades personnel

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 8 is the legal minimum, but grade 12 is usually required by employers/unions
  • Voluntary trade; apprenticeship is not mandatory but is recommended
  • Completion of 6,000-hour apprenticeship includes on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Cement Mason (419A)?

  • May work project-by-project or be employed by construction company
  • Generally 35-40 hours/week in shifts; must be prepared to travel to where work is available
  • May work in or outdoors in various conditions
  • Required to bend and lift/carry heavy objects
  • Field expected to continue to grow due to construction trends

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $24.00 per hour.


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