JobsNOW: If you love working with your hands, consider a cement mason apprenticeship


The most important part of every building project is its foundation. Cement masons are in charge of pouring that concrete floor or putting in those footers.

On Tuesday, concrete was poured for the new home of the Builders Association in Vienna. They were hand-troweling by the edges for the floor.

Cement masons are one of the first tradesmen on the job of any project.

Chris Koshock was directing a trowel machine, which does the work faster. He started 31 years ago as an apprentice and worked his way up.

“You can’t beat learning in the field with guys that have been doing this their whole life,” Koshock said.

Apprentices get paid, starting at over $16 an hour to then make over $26 an hour as they finish the program in three years.

The apprentice program is set up to teach the trade. Everything will be taught while a cement mason with years of experience provides direction and shares valuable knowledge.

“They learn the tricks of the trade, they learn the ins and out. It comes down to a science. Weather affects everything, temperature and humidity affects drying speeds,” said Gary Hartman, Builders Association services director.

The job is perfect work for people who love to be outside, work with their hands and mind, see a finished product at the end of the day and have pride in that work.

“Everything looks professional. Everything looks perfect to them and what they’re doing, what they have is everything’s built around,” Hartman said.

It’s a big impact for every project.

The deadline has been extended for the 2019 apprenticeship classes. You can apply now by Nov. 23 at the Cement Masons Union Hall on Mahoning Avenue or by calling 330-539-6050 for more information.

Basic required qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Physically capable of performing work of the trade
  • Be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen & physical
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation

JobsNOW is a joint initiative between WKBN and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

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