|Plasterers & Cement Masons
Plasterers finish interior walls and ceilings of buildings,
apply plaster on masonry, metal, wirelath or gypsum. They also
apply cement on masonry, metal, and wirelath (stucco). Most
of these are hand-applied, therefore you will learn handcrafting
skills. Cement masons are responsible for all concrete construction,
including pouring and finishing of slabs, steps, wall tops,
curbs and gutters, sidewalks, paving and other concrete construction.
They also handle terrazzo, magnasite, epoxy, polymer and other
plastic materials for topping repair and injection. Cement
masons are responsible for all preparation and repairing of
concrete. They also set forms and pins for slabs, steps, curbs
and gutters, and paving.
Seventy-five percent of a plasterer's work is done outside
on scaffolds. The work can be seasonal depending on weather
conditions, with intermittent periods of unemployment. Most
of the work is done commercially, but some is residential.
The work involves heavy lifting, bending, climbing and standing.
A cement mason must be physically fit and may be required to
carry and handle weights of up to 100 pounds. The job often
demands eight hours of continuous physical labor. Teamwork
is essential as well as self-discipline when working alone.
Fine craftsmanship skills, precision, and finesse are also
The program is a 4,000 hour training program that includes
288 hours of classroom instruction. To remain in good standing,
an apprentice must fulfill the educational requirements and
make steady progress.
A three-week class usually begins the 3rd or 4th week of April.
Enrollment through interviews and screening of applicants will
be completed approximately thirty days prior to start of class.
Contact Local 867 in Anchorage. Notifications and advertisements
will be forthcoming after the second week in January.
Plasterers' and Cement Masons Local 867
Apprenticeship Training Committee
825 East 8th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Contact: Apprenticeship Coordinator
(907) 272-5113 (phone)
(907) 272-4387 (fax)
Contact Person: Apprenticeship Coordinator
(907) 456-4619 (phone)
(907) 455-8257 (fax)
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