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ADVANCED CEMENT MASONRY

CONSTRUCTION

Expertly smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters. Patch voids and use saws to cut expansion joints using a variety of hand and power tools.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Advanced Cement Masonry are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Building a brick lead
  • Laying a block lead
  • General safe practices
  • Sustainable management techniques, especially as they relate to construction-phase
  • LEED points targeted for their projects

Career Options

Program graduates go on to work in a wide variety of fields in the construction industry, depending on what they choose to specialize in. These can include block mason, cement finisher, concrete floor installer, concrete smoother, concrete stone finisher, and concrete operator. Cement masons typically work normal, full-time business hours, but occasionally are on call on the weekends to finish big projects.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Comply with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements.
  • Have a clean criminal record and background check, meaning you can’t have been convicted of a drug or pharmacy-related felony within the last 5 years.
  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Meet age requirements that vary by state.
  • Have good hearing and vision.
  • Pass a physical examination.
  • Complete Job Corps' basic Cement Masonry career technical training program.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Advanced Cement Masonry Numbers to Know

$46K

National average earning potential for this career

18+

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Dependability
Independence
Initiative
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Initiative
Integrity
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Organizational skills
Physical strength
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Persistence
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Physical endurance
Teamwork
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Following directions
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Self-control
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Professionalism
Communication skills
Honesty
Organizational skills
Persistence
Physical strength
Quick decision-making skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Physical endurance
Problem-solving skills
Professionalism


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