Popular Careers

Career Development

Career development resources for aspiring professionals.

Career Change Center

Career change guides, tutorials and resources for professionals in transition.

Job Search Resources

Job search resources, websites, guides and directories for job seekers.

Career and Education Opportunities for Cement Masons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you want to be a cement mason, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 4,060 people are currently employed as cement masons in Wisconsin. By 2016, this is expected to grow 12% to about 4,570 people employed. This is not quite as good as 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.

Cement masons earn about $20 per hour or $42,310 yearly on average in Wisconsin and about $16 per hour or $35,080 per year on average nationally. Cement masons earn more than people working in the category of Carpentry and Masonry generally in Wisconsin and less than people in the Carpentry and Masonry category nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Milwaukee where you can study to be a cement mason, among thirty-nine schools of higher education total in the Milwaukee area. The most common level of education for cement masons is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a cement mason if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Milwaukee 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.


Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443. Milwaukee Area Technical College is a large college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 18,780 students and an admission rate of 54%. Milwaukee Area Technical College has a less than one year program in Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher.

Waukesha County Technical College - Pewaukee, WI

Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072-4601. Waukesha County Technical College is a medium sized college located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,955 students. Waukesha County Technical College has a one to two year program in Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher which graduated one student in 2008.


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: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin photo by Towpilot

Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 604,477, which has grown by 1.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Milwaukee, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Milwaukee cost $167,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, ninety-six new homes were built in Milwaukee, down from one hundred sixty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Milwaukee are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 18.3% of Milwaukee residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 10.6%, which is greater than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Milwaukee residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.5%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of the Epiphany, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church and German Full Gospel Church are among the churches located in Milwaukee. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Milwaukee is home to the Caroline Hall and the Wood as well as Cannon Park and Fifth Ward Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Juneau Village Shopping Center, Times Square Shopping Center and Grand Avenue Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Milwaukee can choose from Edge-O-Town Motel, Manor House Hotel and Days Inn West Allis for temporary stays in the area.