CEMENT MASON APPRENTICE

For Southern Nevada Applicants

Applications are taken on a year-round basis from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday excluding holidays.  Applications shall be completed in person at 4241 W. Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118

Directions to Las Vegas Training Center (click on link) or call (702) 452-8809 for detailed directions.

For Northern Nevada Applicants

Applications are taken on a year-round basis from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday excluding holidays.  Applications shall be completed in person at 810 Gleeson Way, Sparks, NV  89431

Directions to Reno Business Agent/Apprenticeship Coordinator Office (click on link) or call (775) 722-9621 for detailed directions.

Qualifications are:

  1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. Must have or earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE) within 180 days of being indentured into the program.
  3. Must possess a valid Nevada State drivers' license at the time of selection.
  4. Must possess the natural aptitudes essential to acquiring the skills of the trade, as determined by prescribed aptitude tests.
  5. Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations.
  6. Must be willing to comply with the terms and conditions of the (State of Nevada approved) standards.

The ability to get along with others also is important because cement masons frequently work in teams. High school courses in general science, vocational-technical subjects, mathematics, blueprint reading, or mechanical drawing provide a helpful background.

On-the-job learning
consists of informal instruction, in which experienced workers teach apprentices to use the tools, equipment, machines, and materials of the trade.  Apprentices begin with tasks such as chipping and grinding previously placed concrete, smoothing out rough areas to produce a neat appearance.  Apprentices also will gain experience in edging, jointing, and using a straightedge on freshly placed concrete.  As training progresses, assignments become more complex.

The Operative Plasterer's and Cement Masons' Union Local 797 and its signatory contractors sponsor this state approved apprenticeship program.  The signatory contractors provide the means for apprentices to acquire their required on-the-job learning hours and the union provides training facilities for apprentices to satisfy the minimum-required classroom instruction each year.

Safety-related courses of instruction includes (not inclusive): Aerial Boom Lift operation, Red Cross Basic   
First Aid/Adult CPR/ AED; OSHA 10 and 30-hour course; Respiratory Protection; and Scaffold Hazard Awareness.

Cement Mason trade-related instruction includes (not inclusive): Blueprint Reading; Concrete Repair, Form Setting; History of Concrete; Placing & Finishing Concrete; Decorative Concrete; Troweling Machine Operation; Site Layout; and Small Engine Maintenance.

Advancement is dependent upon satisfactorily completing required classroom instruction, accruing necessary on-the-job training hours, and prompt submission of required monthly forms.  Upon satisfying our State of Nevada training requirements you are advanced to Journeyperson status.  

With additional training, cement masons may become Foreman, General Foreman, or even Concrete Superintendents for masonry contractors.

Cement masons should enjoy doing demanding work and working with their hands.  They should take pride in craftsmanship and be able to work without close supervision.