Apprenticeship & Training Program

Current and future demand for skilled craftsmen necessitates an apprenticeship program that takes into consideration practices of one of the world’s oldest trades, along with instruction in new techniques, applications, technologies, and materials. The Local 404 Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program (JATC) supports a world-class curriculum of instruction and on-the-job training for more than 40 apprentices annually. Union Cement Mason skills are honed with the most comprehensive apprenticeship training program in the industry.

Cement Masons are skilled in their craft as well as in working to bring in the job on time and within budget. Once an apprentice earns his journeyman status, his skill becomes an asset. This asset is most-needed and is recognized by all union contractors. Cement Mason journeymen are considered to be on the “upper-end” of the construction industry wage and benefits scale.

An Apprentice accepted and indentured to the JATC is required to complete 160 hours of classroom education and 1200 hours of on the job training each year to advance to the next level of apprenticeship. The JATC also has a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College. After successful completion of the 4-Year program Apprentices graduate from the program with 30 credit hours towards an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences, Cement Masonry. This provides the added benefit of an Apprentice to pursue and complete an Associate Degree if they so choose.

Cement Masons Local 404 JATC is pleased to announce that there will be a fully implemented electronic curriculum effective for classes starting in the winter of 2017. This electronic curriculum accompanied with the additions and renovations being completed to the Training Center, Local 404 has a state of art, industry leading program. Apprentices indentured to the program will be supplied with electronic devices to use in the classroom for successful delivery of the curriculum.

A Cement Mason Apprentice can expect an array of classes and on-the-job training to help develop marketable job skills while receiving hourly wages and benefits. Complete guidance can be expected during the development of skill, integrity, and subsequently pride of work.

A cement mason apprentice can expect to work on a variety of construction projects. Some of the more notable construction projects worked on by Union Cement Masons include Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Public Square, George V. Voinovich bridges, Opportunity Corridor, healthcare facilities, schools, government facilities, and hundreds more. Given the diversity of projects, boredom as a cement mason is not likely.

To apply for consideration for the Cement Masons Local 404 JATC pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs, please adhere to the following:

• Applicants for the program must be at least 18 years of age

• Have a High School diploma or GED

• Have a valid drivers license

• Fully complete the 3-page application form (see PDF below)

• You may either mail your application, or deliver in person to Cement Masons Local 404 JATC, 1417 East 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

All applicants will receive written notification at the address on file of the date, time and location of testing.


In the recruitment, selection, employment, treatment, and training of apprentices Cement Masons Local 404 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, Hispanic ethnicity, or age above forty years. The Cement Masons Local 404 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30, and the equal opportunity regulations of the state of Ohio.

1417 East 25th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: 216-771-3929
Fax: 216-771-1572