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Plasterers & Cement Masons

The Work

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.

Working Conditions

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 necessary qualities.

The Apprenticeship

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.

Enrollment Period:

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.

To Apply:

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)
e-mail: or

Fairbanks Office:
Contact Person: Apprenticeship Coordinator
(907) 456-4619 (phone)
(907) 455-8257 (fax)

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