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Career and Education Opportunities for Cement Masons in Aurora, Colorado

There are many career and education opportunities for cement masons in the Aurora, Colorado area. There are currently 7,740 working cement masons in Colorado; this should grow 39% to about 10,740 working cement masons in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for cement masons, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.9% over the next eight years. In general, cement masons smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools.

A person working as a cement mason can expect to earn about $16 per hour or $35,210 annually on average in Colorado and about $16 per hour or $35,080 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for cement masons are not quite as good as in the overall category of Carpentry and Masonry in Colorado, and not quite as good as the overall Carpentry and Masonry category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Aurora where you can study to be a cement mason, among sixty-two schools of higher education total in the Aurora area. Cement masons usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become a cement mason if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Cement Mason

Cement Mason video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, cement masons smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. They also align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints.

Cement masons mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools and straightedges. They also spread and smooth concrete, using rakes, shovels, hand or power trowels, hand or power screeds, and floats. Equally important, cement masons have to direct truck drivers to enable pouring concrete, and move chutes to direct concrete on forms. They are often called upon to check the forms that hold the concrete to see that they are properly constructed. They are expected to produce rough concrete surfaces, using brooms. Finally, cement masons trim out damaged areas, drill holes for reinforcing rods, and position reinforcing rods to repair concrete, using power saws and drills.

Every day, cement masons are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. They need to use lower back and abdominal strength. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for cement masons to clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to establish if it is rough or uneven. They are often called upon to apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete, and waterproof or restore surface. They also monitor how the wind or cold affect the curing of the concrete throughout the entire process. They are sometimes expected to chip and grind high spots and rough projections to finish concrete, using pneumatic chisels or hand tools. Somewhat less frequently, cement masons are also expected to set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch and depth, and align them.

Cement masons sometimes are asked to push roller over surface to embed chips in surface. They also have to be able to sprinkle colored marble or stone chips, powdered steel, or coloring powder over surface to produce prescribed finish and fabricate concrete beams and panels. And finally, they sometimes have to polish surface, using polishing or surfacing machine.

Like many other jobs, cement masons must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Aurora include:

  • Brick and Block Mason. Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, and other structures.
  • Bricklayer Helper. Help brickmasons, blockmasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
  • Glazier. Install glass in windows, skylights, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, and tabletops.
  • Plasterer. Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Cement Mason Training

Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Denver, CO

Emily Griffith Opportunity School, 1250 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80204-2197. Emily Griffith Opportunity School is a small school located in Denver, Colorado. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 2,148 students. Emily Griffith Opportunity School has a less than one year program in Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher.

CERTIFICATIONS

Concrete Flatwork Finisher & Technician: A Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician is a craftsman who has demonstrated the ability to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

For more information, see the American Concrete Institute International website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Aurora, Colorado

Aurora, Colorado
Aurora, Colorado photo by Tom

Aurora is located in Adams County, Colorado. It has a population of over 319,057, which has grown by 15.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Aurora, 97, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Aurora are priced at $238,200 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, five hundred ten new homes were built in Aurora, down from 1,202 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Aurora are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 24.6% of Aurora residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Aurora is 8.2%, which is greater than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

The percentage of Aurora residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 30.4%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Lutheran Church.

Aurora is home to the Victory Grange and the Magee as well as Montview Park and Del Mar Park. Visitors to Aurora can choose from Corporate Housing Solutions, Comfort Inn-Airport and Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park for temporary stays in the area.