Bricklayer and Stonemason

Bricklaying is one of the oldest and most highly respected crafts of the construction trades. A bricklayer is a skilled craftsperson, who using their talents and training is able to properly position masonry units, to create efficient, beautiful buildings and other structures. The bricklayers role in the construction of buildings is normally, but not limited to, building walls. The work must be coordinated with other trades to insure the buildings are completed on schedule. It is very rewarding for bricklayers to look back at projects they have been a part of throughout their careers.Bricklayers construct walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures from brick, concrete block, structural tile, or terra cotta. They also install linings on industrial kilns and furnaces.

The Bricklayer and Stonemason Apprentice program requirements:

  • Must be willing and able to attend school three to four weeks per year.
  • Must be able to lift more than fifty pounds continuously and to work on scaffolds.
  • The program should be completed with 3 years 9 months (5400 hours) of on-the-job training.

Pointer-Cleaner-Caulker (PCC)

PCC is probably the most diversified trade in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union. A Pointer or Tuckpointer replaces mortar between masonry units. The Cleaner aspect is the cleaning of all masonry surfaces. A Caulker applies sealants to expansion joints in new and old buildings. A PCC does much more besides pointing, cleaning and caulking including, but not limited to Epoxy Injection and Mortar Patching. A PCC craftsworker has the opportunity to restore old masonry buildings that have existed for decades. Craftworkers also work on new buildings that will some day be restored decades later by future PCC Craftworkers.

The Pointer-Cleaner-Caulker Apprentice program requirements:

  • No fear of heights — able to work on swinging Scaffold up to 40 stories high (up to 500 ft. above the ground).
  • Willing and able to attend school three to four weeks per year.
  • Program should be completed in 3 years, 6 months (5250 hours) of on-the-job training.

Marble Mason

Marble Masons perform various work processes including cutting, tooling and setting marble slabs in floors and walls of buildings. They also trim, polish and cut marble to specified sizes.

The Marble Mason Apprentice program involves:

  • Must not have a fear of heights.
  • Three years (4500 hours) of on-the-job training.
  • Must attend school three weeks per year.

Marble Finisher

Marble finishers perform a variety of tasks which assist the Marble Mason. Their duties include grinding and polishing marble and cleaning installed marble surfaces. They also mix mortar, plaster and grout. Finishers repair chipped, cracked or broken marble pieces and may also erect scaffolds.

The Marble Finisher Apprentice program involves:

  • Two years & 6 months (3500 hours) of on-the-job training.
  • Must attend school three weeks per year.
  • No fear of heights.

Terrazzo Mechanics

Terrazzo Mechanics install terrazzo floors, medallions, countertops, steps, etc., according to blueprints or other instructions. They are responsible for layout and installation of, floating beds, divider strips, pattern designs etc. Other duties include pouring, rolling, grinding, polishing and repair of terrazzo.

The Terrazzo Mechanics Apprentice program involves:

  • Three years (4500 hours) of on-the-job training.
  • Must attend school three weeks a year.

Terrazzo Finishers

are employed by Terrazzo Contractors to assist Terrazzo Mechanics, their tasks include; mix mortar, chips, and aggregates, clean finished surfaces, stock materials, and perform other duties on new and remodeled construction.

The Terrazzo Finishers Apprentice program involves:

  • Two years and 6 months (3500 hours) of on-the-job training
  • Willing to attend school three weeks a year.

Requirements for application for all trades Bricklayer and Allied Crafts Apprenticeships:

  • Must apply in person at MDC Tracy
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Valid driver's license
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Be willing and able to attend school as scheduled

The Mason Development Center training facility in Tracy is 16,600 square feet and was designed solely for the purpose of training masonry apprentices. The facility includes two classrooms and a large conference room all containing state-of-the-art audio visual equipment for apprentice training.

Apply in person Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at:
Mason Development Center
25347 S Schulte Road
Tracy, CA 95377
(209) 830-7200


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