Join the MASONRY TEAM!
Are you interested in a career in masonry?
The masonry industry offers great benefits including advancement opportunities, job security, paid training, and financial strength - and that’s just the beginning. Masonry work presents both an analytical and creative outlet, a sense of pride in accomplishment and job flexibility. Most importantly, masonry is an enduring craft that promises to be lucrative far into the future - and the opportunities are wide open!
The MAF has developed state registered masonry apprenticeship standards with participating programs throughout the state of Florida. In an earn-while-you-learn structure, the apprentice learns on the job as well as in the classroom. Completion of a 3-year apprenticeship assures the graduate that he or she has knowledge to earn a good living anywhere in the world!
The program consists of hands-on training combined with classroom instruction with the focus on basic masonry skills. This program is FREE — in order to be eligible, students must be employed full-time by a participating employer.
The program is state registered and certified by the Masonry Association of Florida, Inc.
WHAT DO I NEED TO SIGN UP?
All apprentices must be 18 years of age, apply in person and bring the following documentation: Valid Driver’s License, Social Security Number or Card, and if applicable, documentation of US Citizenship or Resident Alien with work permit.
Becoming a mason is a career decision that offers diverse opportunities. Masonry apprenticeship is for individuals who pride themselves in their artistic abilities and who wish to earn a good living while performing their craft. Most of the impressive buildings across the United States are made of masonry and masons who work on those buildings take great pride in their work. No other material leaves as lasting an impression of strength, quality and substance as that conveyed by brick, block and stone.
WHAT DOES A MASON DO?
Masons work with a variety of building materials including brick, block and glass block, tile, terra cotta natural and cast stone. The work ranges from laying a wall to constructing building exteriors to high rise buildings using a variety of these materials. The work is physical and involves the use of hand tools, power tools, and material moving equipment. Brick and block are laid by hand, requiring the skill of a craftsman, who is a true artist.
To become a journeyman mason, you must complete an approved apprenticeship training program. Secondary school programs at Vocational Technical Centers provide approved training to allow a student to work for a mason contractor at the entry level immediately after graduation or go on to a post-secondary school for further training.
Most masonry contractors are competitive when it comes to providing benefits to their employees. Bricklayers may receive health insurance, vacation pay, sick leave , 401K, or other retirement plans and additional benefits. Of course, as is the case with wages, these benefits vary depending on the geographic area, your experience, the type of work and the employer.
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The masonry industry is facing a serious shortage of skilled masons. Masonry students who successfully complete a training program are in high demand of jobs. The skills of a mason can never be replaced by a machine, so skilled masons can look forward to a career for years to come!
Masonry related careers are available at several work levels, including management positions:
While additional training may be necessary for some of these careers, knowledge of the craft will contribute to your success. Students with the desire to go to college for additional training can take classes to enhance their business and marketing skills.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The mason apprentice program is a 3-year program at no cost to the apprentice—provided that you maintain employment with a member contractor. As your work experience expands, your salary will be reviewed every 6 months by your employer and instructor. With a good attendance record and command of necessary skills, apprentices can enjoy increases in salary.
As an apprentice, you will learn to do the job right the first time by a qualified instructor (Journey person). You are taught both job safety and the tools to develop good work and life skills. As an apprentice in training, you will learn the trade faster and safer and have a better chance to advance to a foreman or supervisor position based on your skill level.
Mason contractors have been facing a shortage of skilled masons. With the skills you learn in the 3-year program you begin a career for life and can take your experience anywhere in the world for employment.
Classroom training will teach you about tools, materials, job safety, layout for block and brick and blue print reading.