A cement mason is an important part of any construction or general contracting business, especially one that will need to work extensively with concrete. The cement mason is in charge of measuring, pouring, and working with concrete and cement in all aspects of a project. This can be work that ranges from helping to pour foundations to measuring and laying out sidewalks and driveways. He or she also does any necessary finishing and smoothing work. In addition, this person is in charge of marking and reinforcing areas where concrete has been newly added in order to ensure that it dries and sets properly.
Typically, a cement mason will work with the site manager or construction foreperson to get an accurate idea of where the concrete is to be poured or applied. He or she uses blueprints and survey data to carefully mark out the exact areas. The mason will usually then utilize wood reinforcement, twine, and stakes to finalize the area. After performing one more check, the mason will direct the delivery of the concrete, distributing it as necessary during the pour. The mason then finishes the spaces before moving on to the next. He or she uses specially designed blades and other tools to achieve the necessary smoothness and pattern in the final set of the material.
While in some cases a cement mason can be taken on as a junior or apprentice in an entry-level position, in other situations a person interested in this job will seek out vocational or technical school training. Cement masons should be comfortable with working outside in construction sites. The physical demands of the job will typically require a candidate to be able to move around well and be comfortable with lifting 50 pounds or more. Cement masons typically work during the daytime, although in some construction jobs, 24-hour shift work is offered and may be required.
Cement Mason Tasks
Ensure wood or plastic molds are set up properly.
Oversee pouring and setting of concrete.
Smooth and finish poured concrete surfaces such as foundations, roads, and sidewalks.
Apply chemicals to harden and seal poured concrete.