Apprenticeship and 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 109 Plasterers and 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 Plasterers and Cement Mason’s skills are honed with the most comprehensive apprenticeship training program in the industry.

Pleasant Valley Project with Williams Concrete as the contractor. The JATC worked in partnership with to provide hands on training in placing and finishing concrete.
Pictured L-R: Mike Hartney, John Curtis, Ben Rorrer, Riley Eggeman, Daniel Chapman, Anthony Mirgliotta, Martavin Walker, Tim Lautzanheiser, Zach Burkhardt, Austin Rice and Bob Glidden.

Plasterers and 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. 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 1333 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 3 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.

The Apprentice

A Plasterer or 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 Plasterers and Cement Masons include Healthcare facilities, schools, government facilities, water treatment plants, warehouse, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Amazon, Costco, Aurhause, Tractor Supply, Hendrickson, Interstate 77 & 76 Interchange, Interstate 77 & SR 30 Interchange and many others.

Given the diversity of projects, boredom as a Plasterer or Cement Mason is not likely.

Cement Masons Local 109 JATC

Officers & Staff

Apprentice Instructor

Brock Bello

JATC Coordinator

Bill Taggart

Membership Form