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Cement Masons Local Union 526

Western Pennsylvania Laborers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program

In the Western PA Laborers’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program, construction craft laborers receive on-the-job training and classroom courses from experienced instructors in construction language, care and safe use of tools of the trade, O.S.H.A., and First Aid/CPR.

Terms of Apprenticeship:

  • 4,000 hours on-the-job training.
  • Minimum of 288 hours of related classroom instruction.

Qualification Requirements of the Program:

  • Be at least 18 at the time of acceptance into the Program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Pass a drug test - Drug use is not tolerated in the construction industry where safety is a life and death issue.

Applications are available on a continuous basis.

Contact Mike Laquatra at (724) 352-2224
The training site is located in Saxonburg, PA with 51 acres of land and a 7,788 square foot training facility.

W. PA Laborers Education & Training Trust Fund

317 Deer Creek Road
Saxonburg, PA 16056
Telephone: (800) 442-8868

Contact: Mike Laquatra - Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: (724) 352-2224
Website: www.laborpa.org/apprenticeship.html

Cement Masons Local Union 526
Cement Masons Local Union 526


Wood and supplementary materials are used by a carpenter to assemble and construct forms for concrete structures. Projects carpenters in the heavy and highway industry work on include bridges, retaining walls, tunnels, subways, drainage structures, hydro-electric developments, locks, dams and sewage treatment projects.


A cement mason is employed to place, finish, smooth, protect, and repair exposed concrete surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, roads, and dams. Concrete is a common and durable material used in heavy and highway construction comprised of a mixture of cement, sand, gravel and water.


Laborers are utilized throughout several phases of the heavy and highway construction industry. They are employed to work with small heavy equipment, hand, power and air tools, in trenching and shoring projects, traffic control, soil compaction, and a multitude of additional assigned tasks.

Operating Engineers

An operating engineer oversees the operation, maintenance and repair of heavy construction equipment including cranes, backhoes, loaders, scrapers and bulldozers. This type of equipment is essential in the heavy and highway construction industry in the creation of roads, dams, bridges and airports.