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Career and Education Opportunities for Cement Masons in Westminster, Colorado

Cement masons can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Westminster, Colorado area. Currently, 7,740 people work as cement masons in Colorado. This is expected to grow by 39% to about 10,740 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for cement masons are expected to grow by about 12.9%. 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 hourly or $35,210 per year on average in Colorado and about $16 per hour or $35,080 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for cement masons are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Carpentry and Masonry in Colorado and not quite as good as general Carpentry and Masonry category earnings nationally.

There are sixty-four schools of higher education in the Westminster area, including one within twenty-five miles of Westminster where you can get a degree to start your career as a cement mason. Cement masons usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so it will take a short time to learn to be 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 Westminster 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: Westminster, Colorado

Westminster, Colorado
Westminster, Colorado photo by Nyttend

Westminster is located in Adams County, Colorado. It has a population of over 107,056, which has grown by 6.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Westminster, 96, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Westminster are valued at $376,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, sixty-two new homes were built in Westminster, down from one hundred forty-six the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Westminster are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and computer and electronic products. The average travel time to work is about 27 minutes. More than 31.3% of Westminster residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.3%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Westminster is 6.2%, which is less than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

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

Westminster is home to the The Golf Courses at Hyland Hills and the The Plaza at Westminster. Visitors to Westminster can choose from Comfort Suites, LA Quinta - Inns- Westminster Mall and Doubletree Hotel Denver Boulder for temporary stays in the area.